Paul Jacob

Everyone makes mistakes — especially politicians. Most folks learn from those mistakes — but generally not politicians.

After the historic upset in which Republican State Senator Scott Brown grabbed the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat held for nearly five decades by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy, providing the critical 41st vote needed to block the unpopular health care legislation slithering its way through Congress, President Barack Obama responds.

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulus.

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Yes. The similarity is the outpouring of anger and frustration at a corrupt and out-of-touch Washington. The difference is that Mr. Obama is now the face and chief pitchman for that unholy cabal.

“People are angry and they are frustrated,” Obama went on to explain. “Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years but what's happened over the last eight years.”

Again, as far as it goes, the President is correct. Americans have been sick and tired of dishonest and destructive policies emanating from the Feds of both R and D varieties for longer than his single year of fiddling, and, in fact, longer than George W. Bush’s eight years. For several decades, at least, Americans have been spitting mad about the state of their federal government.

So, what is our current Politician-in-Chief going to do about it?

For starters, let’s recognize what he’s not going to do. President Obama refuses to back away from the unpopular health care bill. Though polls show the plan remains as popular as an uncorked bottle of Eau de Skunk at a cologne counter, bearing significant responsibility for propelling Scott Brown’s victory in hopes of stopping it, Barack Obama told audiences last week, “I'm going to keep up the fight for real, meaningful health insurance reforms.”

What the president will do, in the age-old tradition of Washington, is to change the subject. He’s already found new areas of the economy to attack and demonize. First up are the banks.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.