Friday, November 5, 2010

What Should Obama Do Now?

After Tuesday's historic election, the pundants and politicians are all speculating on whether or not Obama will "pull a Clinton" by moving to the center and working with the GOP.

There is a lot of speculation on what that might look like.

I have a suggestion. Obama's deficit commission is due to report on Dec 1. He should take their report and dump it in Boehner's lap. Then Obama should do a hard sell, telling the American people that: A.) it is a bi-partisan recommendation, B.) it reduces the deficit, and C.) and we need to pass it now to fix the economy.

That would put the GOP on the spot. They would be forced to come to grips with the bill and either pass it or try to explain why they won't.

Unfortunately, I don't think Obama will do this because there will be spending cuts in the bill that Obama won't like. So, it is very likely that he will muck with recommendations by gutting the spending cuts and adding more taxes. At that point, the GOP will be in the driver's seat until 2012, because they will be able to correctly claim that Obama only cares about growing government, not balancing the budget and fixing the economy.

Why do I believe that Obama won't "pull a Clinton"? Because Obama and Pelosi are already running around claiming that the election was not a referendum on their failed policies. In spite of the fact that Obama has been on television morning, noon and night for the past 18 months selling his stimulus and healthcare bills, the Democrats keep claiming that the American people just don't get it.

It's not the American people who don't get it. It's Obama and Pelosi. Their delusional state doesn't bode well for America over the next two years.

No comments: