posted on December 07, 2011 14:18
Two reasons: the speech he gave this week and his record.
In 2008, Obama had a gift for giving exactly the right speech at exactly the right campaign moment. He did it again yesterday with his speech echoing Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal (Click here for the full text):
“I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules. Those aren’t Democratic or Republican values; these aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values, and we have to reclaim them.”
He artfully puts Republicans in bed with the 1 percent:
“Their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. “
His timing was perfect: Just as the Republican fight boils down to Romney and Gingrich.
So he has the message. What about his record? Not long ago, two Democrats were talking about just that:
“I just wish he was stronger,” opined one. To which the other replied:
“Well, all he’s done is save the country from a deep depression, save the financial system – with no thanks from the banks, rescue the automobile industry, finally pass health care reform – all the while having to fight Republicans who want him to fail so much they don’t care if the country fails, protect Social Security and Medicare from Republicans who want to abolish both, got us out of Iraq like he promised, got Osama bin Laden like Bush promised and didn’t do and then push a dictator out of Libya without getting us into another war.”
“Hmmm,” said the first Democrat. “I hadn’t thought of it that way.”
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:58 AM
My response is posted on the Discussion page, as so often comments made on the main page never seem to get posted. You can read it here:
Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:20 PM
The Democrat you quoted above Gary seems to live in his or her own little world. None of those claims are a true reflection of reality. No one outside of the 'crazy core' of radical left-wingers really believes that Obama 'saved' the economy; most people believe he's failed to do that (read the polls!). People don't like his health care fiasco (read the polls!) and are troubled by the mafioso tactics he used to pass it. The average American doesn't believe that Republicans "want to abolish" Social Security and Medicare, and they can see perfectly well that Obama's timetable for withdrawl from Iraq turned out to be exactly the one Bush had planned, not the 16 months Obama campaigned on. Americans gave Obama the credit he deserved for authorizing the 'kill shot' on Osama, but that bump has come and gone, and they were not too impressed (read the polls!) with his 'leadership from behind' in Lybia.
The bottom line is that Obama will not win reelection by telling folks what he wishes were true about his record. He'll just sound like a crazy man talking to himself in the mirror if he goes that route. His rhetoric has got to match the reality that Americans see and feel everyday. And without concrete results in the economic front, all the well-crafted speeches in the world won't make any difference. It'll all come across as snake oil, and the American people already bought a lifetime supply of that in '08.
Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:46 PM
What's so wrong about all of this and everything else that is coming out of the left today is that the political left is trying to convince the voting public in America that if we could just tax the 1% more, our country would be solvent and jobs would come back and all would be well in the world.
This is just so much BS it's pathetic. We could take away ALL of the richest Americans wealth and put it into the Fed and we'd STILL be in a horrendous position economically in this country. Not only would the liberal democrats just squander that money on more and more entitlement programs, it wouldn't even begin to pay for that $40 of every $100 we borrow in this country currently. This is totally political "talking points" and presentations to get the ire of regular, working-class taxpayers to vote democratic. It has no basis in fact or economic viability.
The democrats believe in their hearts that if they can manage to create a huge class war between the people that succeed and generate prosperity for our country and those that have no interest in prosperity other than their own personal situation, they'll win. And....as much as I hate to say it....they may very well be correct.
We all know what is going to happen when we take away the wealth from those that create it and give it to those that only want to receive it. Gary says he's an historian. He, of all people, should know how that's turned out for the people of the world.