Obama Does Not Get It
Yesterday, President Obama offered an olive branch to the GOP. Indeed he was so desperate to cooperate with the Republicans that he said he was willing to compromise on the signature issue of his administration—health care reform. The base of his party is upset with him because his watered down health plan reform had given too much control to the insurance companies and did not go far enough to achieve Single Payer plan that they wanted. He also appeared to indicate that he was willing for talks on continuing Bush tax cuts for the super riches.
Within 10 minutes of his speech the GOP fired the first salvo with a statement that they were not going to compromise on their values. I may have misgivings with GOP values, but I cannot find fault with their stand on their issues; and their tenacity to fight for their values is very commendable without question.
If there was any doubt about the GOP intentions from their early remarks, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cleared it on Thursday by offering an aggressive assessment of the election results. Speaking on the health care law, he said, “That means that we can — and should — propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly.”
When is Obama going to get it that the Republican’s are not going to work with him?
Yesterday, even Thomas Hartmann, the most gentle and civil of the talk show hosts lost his cool and suggested Obama gets a spine transplant.
Politics is a hard game, it is the world of grown up people who can be tough when there is need for it. Obama’s eternal desire to play “good guy” and walk the middle line does not work in Washington. I wonder, if he would ever get it! Does he have any core principle or value that he would fight for?
GOP has one mission, they want Obama to be one term President. They know it very well that here is a man who has far superior intellect and charisma that America has seen in national politics in a long time. They are not going to give him any corner to stand. If Obama is going down, he can still be a memorable President by fighting for the interest of common American people, who carried him to the White house; history will be much kinder to him that way, one time or not. Else, they would remember him as the first black President who was so rich in potential, yet, so poor in achievement.