The punditocracy, the villagers, just about everyone is trying to make this midterm a referendum on President Carebear.
“He overreached,” or “He betrayed us,” or “He doesn’t feel our pain.”
REMINDER: Obama is not up for re-election, it’s both houses of Congress.
Did Nobama overreach? The President does not write laws, his role is to execute them.
Did he betray us? The President does not write laws, his role is to execute them.
Does he feel our pain? Who cares. That’s not his job to be lip-biter-in-chief.
There’s plenty of reasons to vote the rascals in Congress out. But, from a strictly left perspective I also suggest that what ever significant progress we’ve made these past 18 months or so has been thanks to Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, not President Carebear’s leadership (which strictly speaking has been lacking from day 1). Pelosi has been very effective at getting votes to pass significant bills and move them into the Senate where they become watered down or killed.
You want someone to blame, start with the Senate.
Here’s the deal, as I see it: any vote for the GOP (literally any) is a vote against yourself and a vote against democracy. If you think that the Huns and the Visigoths were dreamy, then you will love the 2010 GOP. They will sell you out to the highest bidder in a heartbeat; they are wholly-owned by the corporations; in a word, the GOP are fascists. The GOP will take this country on a lemming-style Bataan Death March, and Tex gives us the things to expect from them.
You want to exact revenge on President Carebear, wait until 2012. Today, your job is to vote for you own, best interests.