POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Michael Tomasky says it’s getting hard to imagine people taking President Obama seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term … his column captures all my fears and disappointments. Why won’t Obama be better? Why won’t he fight for what he says he believes in? How will America survive if Rick Perry is elected president? … my depressing conclusion is that next week’s speech is Obama’s last opportunity to reorient his way too wimpy presidency and have a chance to be re-elected … it’s really sad

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 3, 2011

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Michael Tomasky writes in The Daily Beast (9/2/11) …

  • It’s not only getting to the point where it’s getting hard to see President Obama winning reelection. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term.
  • Which of the Democratic Party’s big-money people can reach Obama? Who can pierce the armor of his inner circle and tell him he needs to change course in a hurry?
  • I keep thinking back lately to that candidate and team I watched in 2008. The candidate really had his finger on something. The team almost never made a serious mistake. When a mistake did happen, they did a respectable job of digging their way out of it. They had some fight in them.
  • Up until now, I’ve thought that running a strong presidential campaign is a sign that one can probably govern fairly well too. But there appears to be little correlation between the two.
  • One wonders if there is concern in the party’s higher echelons about the White House’s methods. Of course there must be.
    • what do seasoned Democratic senators say to one another when they chat in private?
    • What about the party’s big money people? All of them must be dismayed.
  • But which of them can reach Obama? Who can pierce the armor of his inner circle and tell him he needs to start doing business in a different way in a hurry?

Believe me, I’d rather be writing positive columns.

read the entire column at … http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/02/barack-obama-a-president-adrift

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LMW COMMENT …

This column captures all my fears and disappointments. Why won’t Obama be better? Why won’t he fight for what he says he believes in? How will America survive if Rick Perry is elected president?

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3 Responses to “* Michael Tomasky says it’s getting hard to imagine people taking President Obama seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term … his column captures all my fears and disappointments. Why won’t Obama be better? Why won’t he fight for what he says he believes in? How will America survive if Rick Perry is elected president? … my depressing conclusion is that next week’s speech is Obama’s last opportunity to reorient his way too wimpy presidency and have a chance to be re-elected … it’s really sad”

  1. This is why I wrote earlier this week (was it yesterday?) that it’s time for the Democrats to find a new candidate and to get Obama to step down quietly. He’s had enough time to show he’s not up for the job. I have serious doubts he can even be re-elected, which means that for the next year and a half, we will have essentially a Republican presidency (given that the right is able to manipulate Obama as it did on debt ceiling and as we saw in yesterday’s news about the relaxing of environmental protection standards), followed by four more years of one, either by Obama or an actual Republican. And no doubt he will foolishly believe, in the next year-ish, that he needs to “move to the right” to win over independent voters. No thanks.
    *Lead or get out of the way … well, President Obama has had 2.5 years to show whether he can lead … Now it’s time for him to get out of the way, while there is still time for the Democrats to run a candidate who can win.*

    • Lew Weinstein said

      Your answer is not an answer. There is no way the Democrats can run somebody else and have any chance of winning. Zero. Our only chance is for Obama to become what I still believe he could be. He has accomplished many things. It’s not lack of courage. Surely his willingness to take risks … for healthcare, to get bin Laden, etc … indicates his potential. But he is far too willing to accommodate Republicans who seek only to destroy him. And to be patient when delay is so deleterious to those who care about issues they elected him to deal with. And to see all sides of issues when he needs to make a choice and go for it. Why? I wish I knew. Meanwhile I continue to hope. But, I’m afraid, not for too much longer.

      • Chris said

        Lew I disagree that republicans only want to destroy the president. I believe that the problem has more to do with the current state of the system than one group. The President has out done his predecessor. In regard to Cuba, Patriot Act, Drone attacks on sovereign countries, declaring the right to have a US citizen assassinated with out a trail. Starting a war without congressional approval and lying that it was for humanitarian reasons. Increasing the drug war on marijuana in states where it was legal. These are all things that Republicans are in favor for and Democrats claim they are against. So where is the difference between these groups? When they are in power they continue the wars, protecting big banks, Wall Street and their friends.

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