I think The President needs to stop using Abraham Lincoln’s tactics in terms of trying to achieve bi-partisanship with the GOP.
The Sunday Times from the UK wrote this in the early days of Obama’s presidential victory over John McCain…
Mr. Obama said he had spent “a lot of time” reading the writings of President Lincoln since the election, because “there is a wisdom there and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful.”
He and Mrs Clinton have both read and admired ‘Team of Rivals’, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about how President Lincoln bought old foes into government after winning the 1860 election.
That tactic is not working for Mr. Obama.
Remember when he tried to get Republican Senator Judd Gregg to be his Commerce Secretary? Gregg initially accepted the post and after a day or so, backed out. I sensed back then that the GOP were about to give the new President a very hard time. That was only the beginning of a constant brutal assault on a president held captive in the name of bi-partisanship, even after getting jerked around by the GOP leadership and the rank and file members who promise him one thing and do something totally different.
I wonder if the POTUS knows these guys are out to destroy him at every turn?
Frank Rich, columnist for the New York Times may just have hit the proverbial nail on the head in his latest editorial…
THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”
This dynamic was acted out — yet again — in President Obama’s latest and perhaps most humiliating attempt to placate his Republican captors in Washington. No sooner did he invite the G.O.P.’s Congressional leaders to a post-election White House summit meeting than they countered his hospitality with a slap — postponing the date for two weeks because of “scheduling conflicts.” But they were kind enough to reschedule, and that was enough to get Obama to concentrate once more on his captors’ “good side.”
Continue reading here…
- Frank Rich: Obama, The GOP, And A Case Of Stockholm Syndrome (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Taking of Unicorn, One, Two, Three…: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: All the President’s Captors (nytimes.com)
- The relative ease of finger-pointing (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Cenk Uygur: Is Barack Obama Stupid? (huffingtonpost.com)
- GOP congressman accuses Obama of plotting to weaken America (dailykos.com)