James Carville Offers Up Some Pointed Criticism of Obama…
Those comments have been ricocheting around the blogosphere and even the MSM. I just saw this Google headline about Carville refusing to apologize, telling CNN:
Today he said, “If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize.”
I will say that President Obama does not seem to be able to a) articulate a clear message b) stand up for what he purportedly claimed to believe in in 2008, and c) show the slightest bit of enthusiasm when he is discussing his policies and goals. While there is certainly more to the problem than simply messaging, whoever is in charge of WH or Democratic Party messaging should be tarred and feathered. And then fired.
I keep hearing that the WH thinks the lesson to be learned from the last election is that he should try to appeal to moderates and be bipartisan. Hello? What was “bipartisan” about the agenda, policies and campaign ads from the Tea Party during the Midterms? They openly declared war on Obama and after the election they made clear they wouldn’t compromise. On anything. He spent the last two years trying to be bipartisan and the GOP simply would not play along- even when the policies were originally their idea! As a result, he ended up supporting policies and legislation that was so watered down that he lost the support of the much-maligned liberal base. Here’s a lesson for Obama- a lot of liberal democrats were not excited enough to get off their asses and vote Democratic in the midterms and that could happen in 2012 too.
As for the “move to the right” cheerleading coming from the usual suspects in the media, here’s my rant: could someone please explain to me what was so radically leftwing about NOT having a public option and passing a health reform bill that gave private insurers over 30 million new customers? What was so socialist about moderate reforms to the financial industry-you know, the people who brought down the entire global economy and caused the recession? Reforms which didn’t even deal with “too big to fail,” some of the main problems with derivatives trading etc.? What was so leftwing about staying in Afghanistan forever (the timetable for withdrawal has of course been moved back) and expanding the power of the Executive to engage in actions such as extrajudicial killings/assassinations of suspected terrorists even if they are Americans? Most Americans have no idea about the extent to which Obama has continued Bush’s most questionable terrorism policies. What is so radical about reversing course on offshore drilling? First he was against it, now he is for it. Or reversing the ban on whaling? Or foot-dragging on DADT? Or undeclared secret proxy wars in Yemen and Somalia, in addition to other undisclosed nations? Or caving to pressure from the Israel lobby regarding Mideast peace? Or capitulating to China on everything, going so far as to cancel a meeting with the Dalai Lama and then making him use a separate, back entrance when the meeting finally took place? I could go on and on.
Irrespective of ideology, people like leaders who are flexible but whom are principled and take a stand.
I apologize in advance for any typos- I just blasted off this post and I have to get back to work or I’m never going to be able to get to the end of Friday :).