The Cowboy And The Gangsta

Pick your poison

David Reilly over at Bloomberg tells us that Obama needs to “man up” if he doesn’t want to be handing Sarah Palin the keys to the White House in January 2013. While I think it’s quite presumptuous to assume Palin will be his successor, Reilly’s little rant about Obama needing to be more of a tough guy (even against his own people) made me laugh.

Obama needs to ditch his professorial, community-organizer mien and start cracking some heads. Unless, that is, he is intent on paving the way for a Palin presidency in 2013.

Supporters are crying out for Obama to pull out of his tailspin. In an article in Politico, Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first African-American governor and an early Obama supporter, urged the president to get his act together.

“The need is becoming more obvious by the day,” Wilder wrote. “Getting elected and getting things done for the people are two different jobs.”

I find it fascinating that Democrats want a tough-minded, bull-headed, strong-willed President now, when only 3 short years ago these very same Democrats (confronted with a President exhibiting these very same personality traits) did nothing but belly ache, moan, and complain:

“Americans want compromise, not a cowboy-style showdown,” said House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C.

I’ll take the cowboy approach, thank you very much. Gangstas are too well-known for killing their own…