Obama “things have changed”


As we all know, President Obama’s poll position has been sliding for some time.

Recent Rasmussen Polls have the Obama’s current “strong disapprove” number 12 points higher than his “strong approve” number.

Mistakes = Nancy Pelosi & Rahm Emanuel (too name just 2).

Obamas decision to be a salesman instead of the President of the United States (previously referred to as “the decider”) along with the White House’s decision to permit Congress to do the bulk of the policymaking – while the President stays on the sidelines, enunciating broad principles – has basically allowed Nancy Pelosi to determine the character of the government’s domestic agenda. She has had a very strong hand in the creation of the stimulus bill, the cap-and-trade bill, and now the health care bill.

This is a mistake that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. First of all, one has to question Nancy Pelosi’s political instincts. She has to answer for the disaster that is the current House health bill. How could she have let the three House committees write it without proper consultation from the 40+ moderates on her own side whose support would be critical?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she worries that the protests over President Obama’s healthcare legislation may resemble the anti-gay rhetoric of the late 1970s in San Francisco, which culminated in the assassination of two of her hometown’s political leaders. Pelosi, responding to a question about anti-Obama sentiment, said partisans on all sides have the right to voice their opinions. She paused, then added: “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used, because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place.”

It’s probably too early to fire somebody as important as the Chief of Staff, but I see Emanuel as a looming big problem for Obama’s presidency.

Personally, I was flabbergasted when I first heard the President was tapping “Rahmbo” to be his Chief of Staff. Of all the President’s West Wing staffers, I’m hard pressed to think of anybody who is less representative of his professed desire to change the tone and find common ground. Emanuel has a reputation as a bare-knuckled partisan brawler, and the President made him his right-hand man…?! If Barack Obama gets back to the vision of his Presidency that he articulated during the campaign – it’s hard to see how Emanuel fits in the scheme.

When is Obama going to lead? Somebody in the West Wing should answer for the lousy idea of outsourcing policy formation to Congress, and therefore to Nancy Pelosi. Something tells me that Emanuel – a former House leader – had a big hand in that strategy.

The left complained about Bush governing for his base over the last eight years. They were on to something, and look where he ended up at the conclusion of his term.


2 Responses

  1. Holy crap. I had heard parts of that interview but not all that you posted. Nancy Pelosi has gone too far. She has lost her way, She and the rest of the Dems have reverted to Republican talking points and scare tactics. As you previous post states, we need to throw them all out. Great job, enicks.

  2. Some good shit enicks !! San Fran Nan can kiss my butt – she’s no sister of mine.

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