It would appear that Obama the legislative conciliator has given way to Obama the political campaigner. This is where he is at his best. This is the Obama that cleaned Republican clocks in 2008. Republicans and centrist compromise fetishists in the Democratic Party will no doubt complain about it, and decry that we have moved to the “silly season” of campaign mode in which no legislation can be accomplished.
In reality, this is the mode Obama should have adopted throughout the entirety of his first four years. Conservatives never stop being in campaign mode. That’s part of why their message is almost always clear. That’s why legislation gets passed that fits their parameters or doesn’t pass at all if they can help it, whether they’re actually in power or not.
It’s Democrats who are so often fooled into believing that when campaign season ends, legislative season begins. There is, in fact, no difference between the two for policymakers who actually want to be successful and implement a vision.
Long live campaign season.
Holy Spicoli, that’s a whole army of zombie strawmen there!
Obama “cleaned Republican clocks in 2008?” When was this?
2008 was a year that the Democrats could (and did) nominate an empty suit and win. Obama outspent McCain by about 4 to 1 but nonetheless he was losing until Lehman Brothers collapsed.
As for his legislative accomplishments, for his first two years HE GOT EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED.
Who are these supposed “centrist compromise fetishists in the Democratic Party?” Can we have some names?
Other than Obama I mean.