Though our observations of politics primarily center around union issues, we could not help but take notice of this Politico story and that of President Barack Obama’s plan to essentially ignore Tuesday’s results if Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts.
Following the 1994 mid-term elections, the strategy of “triangulation” helped Bill Clinton mitigate his losses in the House and Senate and, ultimately, enabled Clinton to keep the presidency for another term.
However, unlike Clinton, according to Politico, if Scott Brown wins Kennedy’s the people’s seat in Massachusetts on Tuesday, triangulation is not something Barack Obama seems too interested in. In fact, Obama seems ready to go “all in” and push his agenda even harder.
President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.
“This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt,” a senior administration official said. “It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.” ….
Already Obama’s rhetoric is reflecting what aides acknowledge is a strong undercurrent of populist anger. By these lights, impatience with the status quo — rather than any rightward turn in the mood of the electorate — is what would fuel a Brown victory. [Emphasis added.]
If this is the case, then the President and his advisors are either reading the “tea leaves” incorrectly, or they just don’t care. If either is the case, then their undaunted “audacity” will cost them even greater in November and may, ultimately, doom the Obama presidency to one term.
In 2008, Americans voted for the unknown. Now they know…and they don’t like what they see. For the president to ignore this speaks volumes and others in his party should take notice…especially when a presidential adviser says this:
“The response will not be to do incremental things and try to salvage a few seats in the fall,” a presidential adviser said. “The best political route also happens to be the boldest rhetorical route, which is to go out and fight and let the chips fall where they may. We can say, ‘At least we fought for these things, and the Republicans said no.’” [Emphasis added.]
While much can happen between now and November—and even more can happen between now and 2012—the tendency of a president to abrogate the will of the nation and let his party become ‘collateral damage’ is a danger to all who continue their support of he and his policies.
It also means that the President believes, as so many leftists believe: The ends justify the means.
Democrats who fail to take notice are damning themselves to oblivion.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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