However much of a beating he knows his party is going to take in November, I have to wonder if President Obama doesn’t prefer this time of year. It does, after all, afford him plenty of opportunities for campaigning – which is a thing President Obama loves, because it’s a great chance to teach us things. For instance, did you know that President Bush ruined the country, and did so by governing from conservative principles? It’s true!
I’m trying to keep in mind that politicians say certain things to certain people, and one thing you can’t do is tell a crowd of donors that your ideas suck, and people are starting to realize they suck, and the results of that… suck for you. Still, it’s hard not to laugh at this quote from the campaigner-in-chief:
“The single biggest threat to our success is not the other party,” the president said at the Roosevelt Hotel. “It’s us. It’s complacency. It’s apathy. It’s indifference. It’s people feeling like, well, we only got 80 percent of what we want, we didn’t get the other 20, so we’re just going to sit on our hands. We’re not going to go out there. It turns out bringing about change is hard…”
Emphasis mine. I’d love to see President Obama’s math on the 80% of “what we want” that this Congress has given us, and the 20% of centralized government magic that we’re still clamoring for.
- Unread health care bill that adds thousands of pages of complication to a system whose key flaw is too much complication: 40%
- “Post-partisan” White House that hobnobs endlessly with union bosses in between crying jaunts about Fox News: 20%
- Massive increases in entitlement spending and debt: 20%
- Give Texas, Arizona, Utah to Mexico as a gesture of our goodwill and apology for our arrogance: 10%
- Pass an energy bill that helps citizens see the value in government-provided transit, government-provided heating subsidies, and lobbyist-suggested “green” appliances: 10%
Yeah, focus on that stuff and remind us how many more great things the Democrats want to do to -ahem- for us. Americans love your great ideas for how a few Ivy League poli-sci majors should run every damn thing. Whatever you do, avoid any uncomfortable suggestions that you rode into town atop a wave of Bush exhaustion, fake centrism, and media cheerleading…
Dear GOP: win this election, and then do some of this stuff as soon as possible.