Barack Obama's second term is off to a very bad start. Even Liberal commentators - at least those with any credibility - are suggesting it may be time for him to lead more and campaign less.
Obama brought a plane load (Air Force One) of relatives of victims of the horror in Newtown to lobby Senators on the eve of a procedural vote, now scheduled for tomorrow, on a gun control bill.
Politico.com reporter Reid Epstein wrote:
”President Barack Obama's gone from ambitious arguments for sweeping gun control to trying to stop a filibuster…and for the first time, Obama began to prepare supporters of gun control for defeat.
Failing would be about Congress if it can't even push through expanded background checks for gun sales - the sliver of his agenda that remains possible.”
Yikes. Not exactly Margaret Thatcher level leadership--seems to me.
That's gun control. Not likely to happen.
What about trying to bring the budget deficits under control. While we await the long-delayed FY 2014 budget from the White House, Joe Klein (of whom I am a huge fan) wrote in his Time Magazine column:
"’Welfare abuse,’ as enunciated by Mitt Romney, ‘has shifted to Social Security Disability…a great many…folks finally figured out there was another scam to be had-social security disability.
I've heard specific tales of abuse all over America on my road trips. Faith in the federal government is shattered as a result.”’
Klein writes that there are too many on the Left who think anyone who suggests they might need help - whether deserved or not - should get it because they believe "free enterprise is inherently unfair."
His conclusion? "That sort of thinking is insidious and morally deficient."
Whoa. Check please!
Oh, we're not done yet.
The Daily Beast's Washington Bureau Chief, Howard Kurtz (also a Mullfave) wrote a column that began:
"Guns, immigration, the deficit…Obama's once-promising second-term agenda is in big trouble."
He goes on to write:
"On every major item on President Obama's agenda, there is a flurry of activity that may amount to nothing…
…The elusive breakthrough is always next week, next month, after the next recess, as soon as this gang or that group reaches a tentative agreement on the possibility of proceeding."
I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy.
Then comes retiring U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) who is taking a look at the gazillion dollar program we delightfully call Obamacare.