The 800lb Gorilla in the room.

This week, we get to see the Dems hold their convention, making their pitch to the American people why we should continue to trust them with our economic future. Of course, they can’t tell us why we should trust them, just that we should. Further, we should ignore the fact that while Obama made lots and lots of promises, and then failed to keep most of them, that we should again accept his promises for being “genuine”, at least this time around.

I, and many others, asked my blogging friend Rutherford to post a plan for how Obama is going to fix:

  • Unemployment
  • The Economy
  • Energy
  • National Debt and Deficits
  • Budget

What we got was a vanilla styrafoam cut out of platitudes, generalities and a regurgitation of days long past. Essentially, what we got was blah, blah, blah, this is hard, blah, blah, blah, this is still hard, blah,blah,blah, Mr. President we need a plan.

It took him two weeks to come up with that.

 

 

But alas, the Dems think they are saved because the Democrat National Convention is here, and as the official new ‘shinny object’, they think that folks are going to more or less forget about the fact that Obama has no plan to deal with any of the things that the American people care about. To help Obama pull off this slight of hand, Obama is going to rely heavily on President William Jefferson Clinton. That’s right, Bubba is gonna save the day.

The premise is that Clinton was popular, and there was a stronger economy during his administration (except at the beginning and the end) and that his endorsement will transcend to Obama. Never mind all the factors that went into why Clinton’s economy was stronger, just that it was (cough, cough, Contract With America, cough, cough, GOP House, cough, cough). I think this strategy will be an abject failure, and here’s why:

Obama has done NONE of the things that Clinton did in his administration. When Clinton saw his Dems lose overwhelmingly in the 1994 mid-terms, he pivoted to the middle and started taking GOP issues as his own. So balanced budgets, welfare reform, etc, became the mantra of Clinton and it helped him get re-elected. After all, he had co-opted the successes of the GOP and made them his own, so the GOP struggled in isolating Clinton policies.

Obama didn’t do this at all. When the Dems were crushed in the 2010 mid-terms, instead of pivoting to the middle to work with the GOP, he pushed farther to the left in an effort to isolate them. This was a critical mistake because Obama underestimated the new media in the country. In 1994, most people got their news from the traditional sources: broadcast TV news and the major papers and periodicals. Today, overwhelmingly, people get their news from the internet, which means the control of what people read or see has been dramatically reduced. The left has dominated media for years, and they have used their power to ignore an issue to influence popular perceptions. It is pretty much impossible to do that today. Thus, Obama was unable to isolate the GOP, nor was he able to deflect the repercussions of his policy actions.

But this is what I think is then greatest flaw in Obama’s Clinton-play: people are going to see Clinton and remember how his administration worked- namely bipartisanship and cooperation with the GOP, then they are going to see Obama and look at how his administration has worked- namely partisanship and isolation. The American people are not stupid. They are extremely upset with how Congress – and the Government in general – is working right now. I think they have zero expectations that there will be any bipartisan cooperation any time soon, yet, they recognize that the stalemate in Congress and its inability to get anything – anything at all – done is destroying this nation. So, what does that mean?

People have no confidence in Obama or the Dems. None. There is no reason to believe that the Dems have anything to offer other than four more years of the same: record poverty, rampant unemployment, record deficits and skyrocketing national debt. With that said, I think they are more than willing to stack the deck with Republicans in a hope that, at least, they can get the economy back, along with jobs.

Why trust an Obama administration that is, however unintentionally, comparing itself to an administration that headed the voters and successfully changed course – and thus demonstrating – how wrong, awkward and out of touch Obama has been. It learned NOTHING from the 2010 mid-terms. It hasn’t accepted that the People were pissed and wanted an change in direction. Not in four years or in the next term – they wanted change RIGHT FUCKING NOW. Cease and desist with your actions. Period.

Obama hasn’t listened. Frankly, he doesn’t care what the American people. He only cares about himself and what he wants, and what he wants is power. Well, the American people are going to remind him where the power resides – we own this country, and its time that we let Obama go.

 

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