does Obama plan to scream and cry and roll on the floor holding his breath?
Obama is starting to realize that campaigning is not the same as governing. and that the skills it takes to be a successful campaigner are not necessarily the same skills one needs to govern.
For one thing, calling the opposition nasty names is an effective way to win an election but not an effective way to win votes for legislation. Telling Republicans they needed to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh if they wanted to get things done just gave Rush Limbaugh MORE power over the debate.
Obama told us he was or at least wanted to be "post-partisan," but that styling doesn't seem to work as well with Republicans as Obama may have dreamed.
Obama also said (as did George W. Bush, just before he invaded Iraq, which had NOT attacked us) that he wanted to be more humble out there in the wide world, and not just be aggressive. (I have to wonder what Obama thought he was being when, on the third day of his presidency, he ordered the BOMBING of Pakistan, a country with which we are NOT at war.)
But back to being "post-partisan." Oh, I just recalled that during the campaign, Obama also told us he was "post-racial" -- and then he and his gang started attacking anyone who criticized Obama, calling them "racists." When simple policy disagreement was described as a "racist" attack, we knew Obama was NOT being "post-racial."
With regard to Obama's stated desire to usher in a new era of "post-partisanship," I think Obama forget to take into account the fact that even decent, intelligent people can disagree about the role of government here in America. (Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton disagreed.)
I don't want Obama -- in his quest to please current day Republicans -- to abandon Democratic principles and goals and become a Republican. Oh, sure, he would win Republican votes that way, but if that's how Obama plans to win Republican support for Democratic bills, who needs him? We already had Ronald Reagan running this country, de-regulating the banks and investment industry, and re-distributing the wealth from the poor and middle-classes to the rich. We don't need more of that. We need a president who will stabilize the banking and investment markets by re-instituting the regulations that kept us safe for decades ... from the 1930s on ... until the Republicans (starting with Reagan) began de-regulating those businesses. And look where that de-regulation got us.
The Republicans do NOT want what we want; we want different things from government.
That said, I think H.R.1, the "stimulus" bill currently being debated in the senate is a DISGRACE and leaves the Democrats VULNERABLE to Republican attack. It is not just a "stimulus" bill, although there is some stimulus in it, but at least half of the projects in it have NOTHING to do with stimulus" and should be removed to the normal budget process, where they would be scrutinized for their effectiveness and affordability at House and senate hearings.
The Republicans have gleefully seized on this bill to portray the Democrats as needing adult supervision, and it is beginning to look like they are positioning themselves very effectively to regain many House and senate seats in 2010.
Obama has screwed up royally. Even though we were told how intellectual and inspiring he was/is, and even though he has had access to the minds of 300 economic advisors, he couldn't manage to come up with a cohesive, lean, effective "stimulus" bill that would help us now -- and that Republicans would have no grounds for ridiculing
Every day, Obama escalates the direness of his warnings. First, he said we had an "economic problem" ... then he said we had a "serious" economic problem ... then he said we had a "disaster" on our hands if we didn't do exactly what he waned us to do, no questions asked ... now Obama tells us we are in for an economic "catastrophe" if we don't do what he tells us to do.
Well, the Republicans and many Americans have started reading about what's in this messy bill, and they conclude it is too big, costs too much, does things that have ZERO to do with stimulus and are, in fact, timed to get Obama re-elected in 2012.
Obama had better start worrying a bit more about 2010, because that's the election the Republicans are now eying and they don't give a dime for Obama's so-called "post-partisanship."
Today, Obama is calling anyone who doesn't obey him "irresponsible"; way to be post-partisan, Barry. http://tinyurl.com/d8q2nc
If the senate doesn't pass H.R. 1, does Obama plan to scream and cry and roll on the floor holding his breath?