I have the exact same question. Where is the “fighter” that I voted for? Where is the hope and change promised to all Americans? Let me be clear, I will be voting for Obama in 2012. Mostly because he needs time to get things right. Like adding a public option to health care reform. Also, getting the economy back on track and creating new “green jobs” (as well as restoring the millions of jobs lost to corporations looking for cheap labor overseas.)
I concede that our president walked into a pile of crap a mile wide and ten miles deep. However, he campaigned on the premise that he would “fix” what ails our country. Instead, I fear he has become a prototype for what ails our country. I’m hoping that some wise advisors in his inner circle will convince him that he’s on the wrong track. The right-wing hates him and will continue to hate him, no matter what. His Quixotic quest for “bi-partisanship” has become an embarrassment after the way the GOP in both houses have treated him.
The Dems in both houses are just as embarrassing with their wimping out faster than a speeding bullet when the GOP says “boo!”
Here’s some food for thought by way of David Ignatius.
…the larger point is that we truly have a leader who keeps doing the wise thing on policy (assuming you agree with him) but the dumb thing on politics.
Politicians often like to brag about how they aren’t really political animals but public servants. It’s almost a political cliche, to accompany a craven decision with the statement: “I’m not doing this to win votes, but because it’s the right thing to do.”
But Obama is different. He truly doesn’t seem to relish politics, in the raw, mix-it-up sense. Most of all, he isn’t needy for public attention in the way our most neurotic and gifted politicians have been — walking outpatients such as Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson or Bill Clinton. He doesn’t like red-hot; he likes cool and deliberative.
Maybe Obama, the anti-politician, really doesn’t care if he gets reelected, so long as he’s doing what he thinks is right. Somehow, I can’t imagine this breakthrough president stepping aside to write law-review articles. But to stand a chance in 2012, he’s going to need someone to light a fire under him, someone who can play politics fiercely — and also can bring in some new voters.
Surely it’s obvious that I am describing Obama’s second-term masterstroke: Vice President Hillary Rodham Clinton.
What do you think?