With the sequester now in place and the next government battle set for the end of the month, it seems like President Obama is really focused on dealing with the stalemate in Washington: by winning back the House in 2014. Instead of owning up to the fact that he is the one who proposed the sequester cuts, Obama put his attentions on the Republicans and their lack of action when faced with automatic budget cuts.
“What I can’t do is force Congress to do the right thing,” Obama told reporters at the White House on Friday after a meeting with Republican leaders to avert the country’s latest fiscal crisis, known as the sequester. “The American people may have the capacity to do that.”
Since his reelection in November, the President has continually made an effort to prove that House Republicans are the problem, and in order to fix this, he has his eyes set on Democrats taking back the House. Obama and his advisors have been working on this effort since November and are concerned about what a Republican controlled House will do to his legacy.
Because Obama wants to have a good reputation for future generations, he has made it a priority to remind Americans that the Republicans are the bad guys, not him. He has done this by giving speech after speech explaining to Americans that Republicans are blocking even the most popular legislation.
Obama has been hard at work raising money for fellow Democrats, has agreed to recruit viable candidates, and has even launched a political nonprofit group dedicated to advancing his agenda and that of his congressional allies. “Obama has committed to eight fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year, compared with just two events in 2009. The Democrats lost the House the following year, and Obama’s legislative agenda has largely stalled since then.” With these efforts Obama hopes to change the outcome from last time around.
What everyone should really be concerned about is the fact that these strategies are being put in place because Obama wants to push through a more liberal agenda; and with Republicans there to fight him on it, he won’t be able to do so. The President is looking to get gun control, immigration, climate change and liberal economic policies through.
This is a new strategy for Obama since the loss of control of the House in 2010. Before this new campaign technique, he has managed to try and find compromise, but now with his reputation on the line, it is no surprise there is a sense of panic in the White House.
It’s very concerning that the impetus behind this strategy is not one of concern for the American people, but instead is concern for the President’s image. What President Obama must also remember is that, these Congressmen are elected by the constituents of their district, and obviously they were elected for a reason. Not everyone likes his policies, and he shouldn’t expect to see support from everyone. This is not a game.