Monday, October 28, 2013

The Tao of Barack Obama

The Government shutdown is over and The Tea Party clearly lost that round....I think I may have stated pre-maturely that that sounded the death knell of the Tea Party....Now that my elation has subsided and I'm capable of sober thought again...I realize that that may not be so....Not yet anyway...

Ohhh ,Poll numbers will shift, issues will change and members of Congress -- in both parties -- will have spent several weeks back in their home states telling supporters how they fought the good fight in Washington.

So, even if the president stared down Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party idiots in the House to get the government re-opened, he shouldn't get too complacent. Shouldn't get too elated just yet.

With the Tea Party's negatives at 49 percent, they're  been momentarily spanked, but  you can be sure they'll find a way to make President Obama's life difficult next year.

But for this week, anyway, the takeaway from the GOP's failure to defund Obamacare -- their stated goal at the outset of the shutdown -- is that they'll have a hard time working their political will until they decide to take the president seriously.

Yeah that's right...They really don't take him seriously and this is why they lost and lost so decisively...

Because faced with a shutdown and potentially caving in to the threat of a default that could upend world markets, President Obama opted to stand tall and try to avoid instant lame-duck status.
It probably wasn't a tough choice, and Republicans made it easy for him by calculating that President Obama wouldn't have the guts to call their bluff.

In effect, their game plan -- break President Obama with Obamacare -- and their unwillingness to approach him as a worthwhile adversary, worked to their detriment. Here's how they underestimated him..

The Brother has got skills!

Although now it seems like it was meant to happen all along, six years ago, conventional wisdom said that a black guy probably couldn't be elected president...Buttttt, it has happened...Not only that, but it's happened twice.

So whether or not Republicans ever decide to reach accommodation with President Obama on the critical issues of the day, when challenging him, they ought to keep in mind that a guy from Honolulu, who first ran for president in his late forties and beat a war hero and a governor's son en route to winning the White House, probably has some political skill...

They believed their own Hype!

It is said that the biggest fool is the man who believes his own lies...President Obama has consistently run a middle course during his tenure, and most voters recognize this. If he really had turned out to be the muslim-socialist apologist-in-chief that his opponents often say he is, then they'd have been able to grab the upper hand in this fight.

But after the president adopted Mitt Romney's health coverage plan, made good on his 2008 promise to "kill Bin Laden" and used the occasion of his March on Washington 50th anniversary speech to lecture that "too often" calls for civil rights have been "framed as a mere desire for government support," President Obama's clearly dismissed any suggestion that he's a flaming left-winger.

Fool Me Once, Shame on you...but Fool Me Twice....

Soooo...while the precedent for the shutdown-debt-ceiling standoff was set when President Obama and Democrats agreed to a lower, "sequester"-level budget resolution in an effort to avoid a government default back in 2011, it should have been apparent why this time was different.

President Obama had to compromise two years ago, because Republicans hadn't yet shown voters that they'd turn a default threat into a routine negotiation tactic. This time, though, the president could claim that he was forced to end the threat, even if it meant negotiating way past the 11th hour.

In the end, just like members of Congress, President Obama's a politician. He'll horse-trade (think "Don't ask, don't tell"), he'll dodge (think Guantánamo Bay) and he'll offer concessions that his supporters (like yours truly) don't like (think "chained CPI" for Social Security). But nobody, Nobody with an ounce of self respect will bargain with adversaries if they won't take him seriously. And with this president, there are bargains to be had.

Next time, they should make him an offer that isn't quite so easy to refuse.  Let's pray there is no next time for the Tea Party.

1 comment:

George S. said...

For once ,I absolutely agree with all of your points...


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