Justice Alito responded with a whisper to Obama's misleading State of the Union tirade on the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United. Obama's spin on the decision is not only wrong but wholly inappropriate. The President should not be using the State of the Union to undermine another branch of government.
What’s the difference between 2010 and 1994? According to Obama, it’s him! Unlike 1994, his presence was going to prevent the Democrats from losing their chokehold on Congress. This was the pre-Senator Scott Brown Obama, brash and confident. Has the Massachusetts election shock caused a shift in Obama’s thinking?
In 1994, when the Democrats lost control of the House and Senate, President Bill Clinton reassessed his agenda. He acknowledged the failure of his healthcare plan and started moving back to the center. He became a moderate that reached across the aisle and made some concessions to the Republicans, most notably with welfare reform.
Is Barack Obama ready to take the road Bill Clinton took and finally slow his Progressive agenda? The White House is sending mixed messages. Continue to focus on healthcare? Start to focus on jobs? Decide that now is the time to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy to attempt to placate the left who are mad about Guantanamo and Afghanistan? Tell everyone that you’ll continue fighting for the middle class? When did you start, Mr. President?
Obama himself doesn’t seem to know where to go next. His presidency is adrift and the promises keep coming fast and furious without the fortitude to follow through with many of them. How much longer can the President get by on Hope and Change?
May I say that while I am thrilled at this development, I'm also concerned. I don't want Republicans to read too much into Brown's election. Remember the lessons you've been learning over the past year about what the majority of people in this country want, small government. Remember it and don't assume you can go back to the Bush spending habits. As Han Solo said "Great kid. Don't get cocky."
The Democrats have been in control of Congress and have had the Presidency for about a year now and it’s amazing what they’ve done with the place. You’d think they’d be sitting pretty on a big pile of legislative accomplishments, but oddly they seem to be stalling. The honeymoon only lasted a few months. The Democrats started moving forward with the plans they felt their 2008 victory mandated. Unfortunately, 2008 was more of a referendum on Bush’s presidency than it was a ringing endorsement of the Democrats big plan to remake America. The Democrats are now trying to stick enough fingers in the leaky dam to keep it from busting in 2010.
Despite Nancy Pelosi’s fabulous spin, after the losses in Virginia and New Jersey Democrats saw the writing on the wall. Among the first major retirements is Chris Dodd. Sliding in the polls and almost certain to lose, it was an easy call. The state’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is on task to replace Dodd as the Democratic candidate is well known and a much stronger candidate. It’s all about saving seats and stemming the tide.
Next to go will be Harry Reid. After his unfortunate statements about Obama’s being “light-skinned” and lacking a “Negro dialect,” Reid’s poll numbers will likely to continue to go South with his support. The statement, while seemingly intended as an assessment of race issues in politics today, paints the President as a media image to be packaged and handled. Condescending at best. Reid has to choose between a humiliating defeat or retirement. If he chooses Dodd’s path, the local Democrats would then be free to run a fresh face and distance themselves from the mess Congress has created.
More retirements will certainly come. Long-serving Democrats will take the easy way out and will likely be given a nice cushy appointment to soften the blow of taking one for the team. Where did it all go wrong? Hubris and spending wears thin pretty quick and Congress wallowed in both.