Will Obama Pivot?

by Sal on March 2, 2010

in Economy,Health Care,Politics

Anything could happen in the next eight months until the mid-term elections, but if they were held today, the Democrats would be soundly defeated by the GOP.  This wouldn’t be due to any affection people have to the GOP, but rather the public rejection of the creeping socialism advocated by this administration.  Yet Obama simply doesn’t get that.  After promising to pivot to “jobs, jobs, jobs” following teh Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts, Obama has all but abandoned that promise to return to socialized medicine, a.k.a. ObamaCare.

Bill Clinton saved his Presidency after the 1994 Republican Revolution by pivoting to the center and triangulating with the GOP – battling them in some areas such as the budget battles of ’95, and signing on to their legislative priorities in others, such as welfare reform.  He did this because although he was a leftist, he was an astute politician who really cared more about himself and his legacy than any agenda.  I’m not sure Obama feels the same way.  He appears to be trying to throw his party under the bus for the sake of his plans to impose Socialism on this nation.  This was made abundantly clear in a conversation that he had with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).  In that conversation, Lincoln, who is in grave danger of losing her Senate seat, practically begged Obama to pivot to the center and to disavow the radical leftist fringe of the Democrat party.  Obama would have none of that, and his response to her is telling:

If the price of certainty is essentially for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place for eight years leading up to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression — we don’t tinker with health care, let the insurance companies do what they want, we don’t put in place any insurance reforms, we don’t mess with the banks, let them keep on doing what they’re doing now because we don’t want to stir up Wall Street — the result is going to be the same.  I don’t know why we would expect a different outcome pursuing the exact same policy that got us into this fix in the first place.  If our response ends up being, you know, because we don’t want to — we don’t want to stir things up here, we’re just going to do the same thing that was being done before, then I don’t know what differentiates us from the other guys. And I don’t know why people would say, boy, we really want to make sure that those Democrats are in Washington fighting for us.

Obama really believes that he is destined to transform American society into a socialist paradise.  He mistakenly assigns the cause of the economic crisis to his favorite straw man, George W. Bush, but even more egregiously he equates anything other his agenda with those same policies.  In Obama’s worldview, people like Lincoln, Evan Bayh, and others are simply pawns of George W. Bush, and part of the problem, even though they are part of his party.  Obama is a true believer, and thinks that he is a transformative figure who will change this country.  What else can you say about a man who said that Scott Brown won the election in Massachusetts for the same reason that he did (again, because of George W. Bush)?  This is a man who is so committed to his cause that he thinks that America will rally to his side once they see the wisdom of his policies.  He is living in an obtuse bubble, and I don’t know if a shellacking in November will change that.  Regardless, it should make the next nine months all the more interesting, and the resulting elections all the more favorable for the GOP.

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