The White House advertised the Ohio speech as major and significant. It was major in terms of length, but it was insignificant in terms of content. His solution to everything continues to be raising taxes on the successful. Though the national debt is $15 trillion and climbing, the president maintains that $1.9 trillion in new taxes on the "rich" will put things right. Even a poor math student can subtract the smaller number from the larger one and be left with a difference of $13 trillion.
While the media and the political left may dislike Obama's performance in Ohio, their greater concern is loss of the White House and Congress to those "extremist" Republicans. They fear a President Romney will put two or three conservative members on the Supreme Court, shifting the divided court to the right.
Perhaps fear will drive more Democrats to the polls in November, but fear is not a policy and Obama's policies are not working. As Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg wrote in a memo to fellow Democrats, the president needs a "new narrative" that "focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class."
He can't, because he is an ideologue steeped in the philosophy of "Rules for Radicals" author, Saul Alinsky, the prisoner of an ideological "cult" that cannot broker any belief but its own.
Here's Bill Clinton in 2010, trying to persuade voters not to vote Democrats out of their congressional majority: "Give us two more years. If it doesn't work, you have another election in just two years. You can vote us out then."
That's good advice to follow.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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