President Obama is learning the hard way that you can’t please all of your fans all of the time.
After riding a wave of liberal support into the White House three years ago, Obama has found that some of those same supporters are now among his most vocal critics.
Complicating life for Obama, GOP leaders – particularly those in the Senate – have adopted a strategy of opposing the White House even on some legislation Republicans support. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for instance, raised eyebrows at the start of the deficit-reduction debate when he helped kill a bipartisan bill – a proposal he’d previously characterized as the “best way to address the [budget] crisis” – after Obama endorsed it.
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” McConnell told National Journal last year.
The GOP’s rigidity has forced Obama to the right in order to pass anything through Congress, which in turn has only heightened the backlash from the left.
Still other observers maintain that, despite their grievances with some of Obama’s positions, liberals will come out for him at the polls when faced with the Republican alternative.
“I don’t think that Obama has fractured his base,” Henry Brady, political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an email.
“The truth is that its members have no place to go other than to him right now.”
Who says they have to go anywhere? Lots of them will just stay home.
Stop blaming the GOP for Obama’s “right turn.” He had supermajorities in both houses of Congress for two years. All we got out of that was a bad stimulus and a national version of Romneycare.