Post-Election Reflections

Just a few thoughts now that we are two days after the tidal wave of 2010.

1.  President Obama doesn’t get it.  His speech on Wednesday proves that.  While he tried to play chastened President for the TV cameras, the effort failed.  My favorite bits:

“Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the country and meet people where they live and where they work, from backyards to factory floors.  I did some talking, but mostly I did a lot of listening. ”  Seriously? 

“Now, I ran for this office to tackle these challenges and give voice to the concerns of everyday people.  Over the last two years, we’ve made progress.  But, clearly, too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet, and they told us that yesterday. And as President, I take responsibility for that.”  Yeah, the problem is your notion of “progress” has been too slow.  That’s the ticket.

“None of the challenges we face lend themselves to simple solutions or bumper-sticker slogans.  Nor are the answers found in any one particular philosophy or ideology.  As I’ve said before, no person, no party, has a monopoly on wisdom.  And that’s why I’m eager to hear good ideas wherever they come from, whoever proposes them.”  The problem is, Obama simply dismisses those ideas that don’t fit neatly within his preordained ideology as “bumper-sticker slogans” and refuses to consider them.  Recall the one real meeting he had with congressional Republicans, where he simply declared their positions to be “talking points” not worthy of discussion.

“I’m not so naïve as to think that everybody will put politics aside until then, but I do hope to make progress on the very serious problems facing us right now. And that’s going to require all of us, including me, to work harder at building consensus.”  How noble and generous to include himself, as an aside, as one who needs to try harder to build consensus.   Yet President “I Won” didn’t exactly lead the charge on consensus for the past 22 months.  He led the charge against it.

“[Made up story about a Regular Joe].  He told me how hard he works and how busy he was; how he doesn’t have time to pay attention to all the back-and-forth in Washington.  And he asked, is there hope for us returning to civility in our discourse, to a healthy legislative process. . . .  I do believe there is hope for civility.”   This from the guy who told an Hispanic audience to punish their “enemies”  —  you know, Americans who happen to have different views on important issues — less than a week ago.

And so on.  Expect Obama to be even more petulant, petty, partisan, and political, if possible, than when he had hefty majorities.  Notwithstanding all the evidence to the contrary, Obama seems to truly believe that he is the one right-thinking person in the room. 

2.  The Republicans are potentially in great shape for the next two years.  Since they control the House, Republicans can block the odious Obama Agenda, they can do some investigating, and they can send common-sense bills to the Senate.  If they are smart, they will send targeted, short, readable bills to the Senate on issues such as border security, preventing tax increases, cutting spending, constraining the Obama Administration’s ability to legislate by regulation (I’m looking at you, EPA), undermining the health care take-over, and so on.  The Senate will either have to vote them down — which puts Red state Senators in  a bind — or pass them and let the President decide whether to veto.

3.  The Republicans are fully capable of screwing it up.

4.  On election night, FoxNews shined with a nicely balanced panel; MSNBC beclowned itself yet again; CNN was interesting if too chaotic.

5.  Liberal commentators and academics should be fun to watch for the next few weeks.  My predictions — 1. It was all angry white men. 2. It was all that spending by shady groups.  3. The great communicator needs to communicate his greatness more.

6.  Barney Frank is the most unlikable person on the public stage.  And claiming that spot from Harry Reid, during Frank’s election night victory speech, was quite a feat.

Published in: on November 4, 2010 at 10:23 am  Leave a Comment  

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