With five months until Election Day, Barack Obama faces a grim new reality: Republicans now believe Mitt Romney can win, and Democrats believe Obama can lose… – Mark Halperin
IT’S IRONIC, which you’ll understand in a moment, but it was almost a year ago that Mark Halperin called Pres. Obama a “d*@!” on “Morning Joe.” I disagree with Halperin most of the time and he is a total Washington insider with a mind that only thinks in conventional wisdom fits and starts, but as the week ends I’ve got to give him this one. So, to honor the columnist who let slip the gaffe of all gaffes and got suspended for the rude disrespect, we’ll now use his remark and name it after him so I don’t have to use weird characters. It’s a family joint for the most part around here.
I’m a liberal, so I’ll never root for Mitt Romney, but the general hideousness of this week earned special notice for Pres. Obama.
Stiffing unions in Wisconsin was a
d*@! Halperin move.
It takes a real Halperin for a Democratic president to choose to let labor flop around in a state, not even sending cash, deciding to employ only your thumbs, and let them get beat up and fail miserably, especially after all organized labor has done for the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama, through money and GOTV.
Politicians are rarely loyal, but Pres. Obama showed a new low on that scale this week.
“I’m very sorry about what happened,” Clinton said in an interview to air on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” “I thought something had to be done on the ‘fiscal cliff’ before the election. Apparently nothing has to be done until the first of the year.” – Clinton: ‘I’m very sorry’
It’s Obama who should be apologizing for his general disinterest in Democratic Party interests.
I still don’t think it will cost Obama the pain he’s earned, because people are mostly bluster about their disappointments and disgust, so when push comes to shove in the voting booth the zombie voter drone kicks in and they just can’t help but come home. However, Pres. Obama having to pay a price for his disloyalty to principle could prove to be the only thing that saves the Democratic Party from further embarrassment and irrelevancy, while providing a real political service by letting Republicans and Mitt Romney make a spectacle out of their incompetence.
If Barack Obama’s loss would wake up the Democratic establishment, which is doubtful, and shake the dead left, something that is possible, from their stupor it would be worth it for the country in the long term.
Of course, as you know, I’m ambivalent about either political party, both of whom are less than America deserves; I’m sitting out this election on the presidential score, which has set me free from both sides. The right’s crazy and the left is so zombie-fied people are still squealing like chicken little about Republican evil to try to convince people to vote Democratic. The Supreme Court canard is also being used, but that just proves those making that argument are comfortable enough financially they don’t need to worry that the middle class is being carved out from the very people who are supposed to be its champion.
When you have Barnie Frank and Ed Rendell castigating labor for making a stand in Wisconsin for working men and women you know the Democratic Party has rotted from the inside.
People need to start thinking seriously about what they’re voting for, not just against, and whether who they’re voting for is actually doing the job for them. You owe something to the country long term, not some political party or
politician Halperin who only thinks about himself, handing out goodies to get your vote then selling out larger principles when he’s elected. Your vote doesn’t belong to whatever party you prefer and in fact you don’t need a political party. What’s required is finding someone who is a hero for the middle class and working people who won’t stab labor in the back, and I say that as someone who thinks labor has screwed up as badly as the activists on the left by letting Pres. Obama get away with what he has so far.
For my money, the Stupak Amendment was the first Halperin move by Obama, but bailing on labor in Wisconsin because you weren’t able to figure a way to be involved and spin a win or a loss was political cowardice of the first order for a Democrat, a party who owes labor a hell of a lot.
And just so we’re clear, Republicans are doing ghastly things across the country in their war on women, but Pres. Obama, former Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Bart Stupak kicked off the war on women and there should be no splitting hairs on that one.
The President deserves to lose in November.
But the outcome in November is up to you.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t much matter this year who’s elected. Whether it’s Obama or Romney, entitlements will be on the table for tinkering, the Pentagon and homeland security toys and tactics will remain the sweet spot of budgetary largess, while the middle class continues to get screwed by everyone in both parties, because the right is crazy and the left is too lazy to hold Pres. Obama accountable.