Cross-posted at Bin Quick
In the style we’ve become accustomed to, “Barack Obama Wades Into Gun Control Debate, Two Months After Tucson, Arizona Shootings” (Sam Stein). It’s like Obama wants to check the box on every issue without sacrificing any political capital. The record is clear – Great speech (check), solid policy statement (check), no political capital expended (check). Likewise with the Wisconsin protest, if we were to look at the record, Obama made statements supporting the Unions (check), no political capital expended (check). The following quote is quintessential Obama:
“I know that everytime we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides. People shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen. We mire ourselves in stalemate, which makes it impossible to get to where we need to go as a country,” Obama wrote. “However, I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place.” (check)
This is the most obviously poll test policy statement ever released from any White House. All presidents play politics but good presidents rely on a set of core values. Obama’s core has a picture of Neville Chamberlain. Obama’s response to Libya, Wisconsin and Arizona isn’t nearly good enough. The President is America’s Quarterback, he doesn’t get to quietly check a box. He has to lead, sacrifice political capital, and take the heat even if a natural disaster causes the wide receiver to fumble on the one yard line.
As I thought about the Obama presidency and Obama apologist (MSNBC’s Chuck Todd) that defend Obama as a mediator, I remembered this incredible scene from “Any Given Sunday.” Like Willie Beamen, Obama doesn’t understand why he has lost his team nor will Obama change because it’s gotten him fame and fortune. I thought by now someone in the White House would speak truth to power and tell Obama he’s not the President of the Harvard Law Review, a US Senator or a Community Organizer; he’s the President of the United States, the Quarterback. Obama should watch this video, and I hope he learns why he needs to sacrifice political capital for the Democratic Party, the American middle class and the Progressive team.
With headlines like “Obama is AWOL on Religious Liberty” by Ken Blackwell, “Obama’s ‘Where’s Waldo’ Presidency” by Ruth Marcus, “Rubio: Obama MIA on Budget Debate” by Dan Weil, it’s surprising that there aren’t more headlines like “Obama Team Look For New Ways To Fire Up President’s Base” by Charles Babington.
Obama acknowledged the challenge last week in Boston. “Somebody asked me, how do we reinvigorate the population, the voter, after two very tough years?” he told Democratic donors. “How do we recapture that magic that got so many young people involved for the very first time in 2008?” One answer, the president said, is to persuade hardcore liberals to swallow their anger over political compromises the administration reached with Republicans, even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.
I love this answer, Obama plans to convince hardcore Democrats to abandon their principles to re-elect his sorry Corporate Ass so he can abandon hardcore Democrats. I have an idea, try “buck up”, it worked so well for the 2010 midterms. If Obama wants to energize hardcore Liberals, Progressives, and Democrats, all he needs to do is repeat this, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.” Otherwise, my answer to Mr. Obama is FUCK YOU!
Obama’s Democratic Party support is a mile wide and nanometer deep, and the White House knows it. If Russ Feingold announces his candidacy for the nomination and gives the slightest hint he’s willing to get tough on Free Trade, Obama’s chances are cooked. Donald Trump could be described as “A noun, a verb, and China” but he polls within 2 points of Barack Obama. Any smart Republican could run away with the Electoral College just by pretending to care about Free Trade and/or Organized Labor.
Obama doesn’t understand that he lost hardcore liberals with his compromises. Liberals and Progressives won’t support Obama2012 because we are terrified of his next round of capitulations. I’m sure some “Democrats” will surrender their principles for a perceived “victory” but I believe a second Obama term would be worse than a Palin presidency. I will donate, work for and do everything legally possible to send this sorry “Corporate Whore” back to Chicago as soon as possible. Here is another video Barack Obama should watch:
“You lead Nigga, but did anybody follow?” – Any Given Sunday
Like Obama, I have a checklist also, Contribute to AnybodyButObama (check); Campaign for AnybodyButObama (check); Vote for AnybodyButObama (check); Send Obama back to Chicago; Hawaii, Indonesia, or Kenya (check); Restore the Democratic Party or build a new political party ( ? ).