It’s no secret that Election Season 2010 has already begun. The first off-year election for the party of a sitting president has historically been messy. This year promises to be no different. Obama’s approval numbers are buoyed only by the cellar-like approval ratings of congressional Democrats.
In many respects, the congressional campaigns started the day President Obama was elected. He knew the odds were stacked against him: a Depression era economy, two unpopular wars and a foreign perspective of the United States as a modern-day Evil Empire. The White House’s tactical response was as easily-wrought as it was to state in a soundbite – it was all Bush’s fault.
Yet the pages of 2008 and even 2009 have turned. This is Obama’s economy now. This is Obama’s Afghanistan policy. This is Obama’s Iraq. The courses he has taken have helped to define his presidency more than any speech or doctrine he personally espouses. That and the fact that his party’s rank-and-file are flat tired of getting their butts handed to them every time they head home to meet with constituents.
It’s time for a change alright – Democratic Party style. So what is this new master plan the top dogs at the White House are concocting? While we’re just now seeing the beginning stages of its rollout, it’s all based on the very complex theory of…dumb luck.
From health care to financial reform to even a new policy with Israel, issue by issue, the Administration seems more content in hoping for good things to happen than actually trying to implement good policies.
Has anyone seen the president or Vice President Joe Biden at a health care clinic lately touting the new benefits that began to go into effect this month? July marked the beginning of several “goodies” of the new reform law before all the tax hike pain comes later, and yet, very little, if any, national attention was created by Obama’s bully pulpit.
The latest financial overhaul is another example. Even Wall Street lobbyists can’t seem to make heads or tails of the new measure, opting instead to pull their campaign donations altogether and save them for perhaps a new Republican majority come November.
Remember the stimulus? That’s so unpopular House Democrats are privately polling back home to see if the billions in giveaways are a net positive to tout on the campaign trail.
To add insult to injury, the White House has seized on every minor gaffe of their Republican opponents in attempts to make November less a referendum on the Democratic agenda and more a choice on who’s better fit to govern.