Obama as incompetent complainer
President Obama's press conference the day after the great loss was revealing, and also unimpressive. This president--the most liberal ever elected--did not defend his policies, but rather made excuses and talked about how he should have been a better marketer. He certainly did not admit that the shellacking he took had anything to do with the fact the the American disagreed with his principles and policies! At one point he said that maybe the health care legislation could be "tweaked", but he didn't want to "relitigate arguments" (what a silly courtroom term to use in this context!) over its central elements. So much for his ability to compromise. At one point he implied that he should have better explained to the American people that the economic crisis forced him to expand the size of government, but he really wasn't doing it on principle. Please, that's embarassing. Everyone remembers Rahm Emmanuel's comment that the economic crisis allowed progressives a great opportunity "to do things you could not do before," but they assumed the argument had been out there for almost a century! Obama was just the man--with his massive intellect and cool demeanor and great rhetorical skills--to take advantage of this crisis and persuade the people to lurch left. He pushed the policies through, but didn't persuade. And there is the crux, the people did not like the enormous expansion of government that followed; they were not persuaded. That's the short of it, and he still doesn't get it. Good for Boehner and his Republicans.
8:59 AM / November 4, 2010