gah. 23 August 2010Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy.
Birds under a roof in Solda, Italy [Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images]
People thrash back and forth about what Obby “should do”, “must do”, “has to do”. Get over it! He’s doing what he’s doing.
Which is pretty much The Plan…
However wretched the execution. Not that it matters if we agree, disagree or dislike the roll out.
Dean Baker in The Arena at Politico:
There are very few people interested in ideology. However, President Obama does have to lay out a path forward and when it comes to the economy, it is very difficult to see what it is. The economy is essentially dead in the water. It is creating few, if any jobs, and the unemployment rate is almost certain to drift upward through the rest of the 2010. And, there is no obvious reason to expect things to look much better in 2011. (Two really bad unemployment reports in the next two months are not going to help the Dems’ prospects in November.)
President Obama has to have a story about how his policies will make things better for ordinary workers. He doesn’t have a plausible one at the moment. Everyone knows that he supported the rescue of Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and the rest of the Wall Street gang in their hour of need. If he expects to regain his popularity he has to be prepared to stick his neck out for the rest of the country. There may not be a workable program that can get through a Senate filibuster, but at the moment, he is not even publicly pushing one.
Don’t make me laught too hard. He’s not pushing one privately either.