The Over-Reach of Compromise
It is as if our President want to engage in the fight with one hand tied behind his back. It is as if we are witnessing a push back by the democrats even before the debate begins. The odd thing about this is how dramatically different this is from the candidate Obama.
For months, actually since the very beginning of his Presidency we have seen a decline in any fight, except for overseas unpopular wars. It seems that Republicans and Democrats alike are stunned by the uncanny nature of this President's strategy. It does not seem possible because his demeanor is so confident, but his actions are such that he appears to be afraid to lead.
I was reading an article in the Washington Post this morning written by Eugene Robinson;
"I confess that I don't have a good answer," Robinson said. He seems to think and I have heard many pundits say that the major reason the party took a 'shellacking' was essentially an enthusiasm gap.
But for me that word does not capture the heart of the problem, I might lack enthusiasm if things are not exactly going my way, but this is like showing up to watch your favorite team in a World Series game and get to the grandstands to realize the game is in process and your team is sitting down in the out field, while your catcher is chatting casually with the manager of the the opposing team.
"What," we would say incredulously, "why is our team not playing?" "Oh," responds the manager, they want to give the other team a fair advantage so they are simply waiting to even out the playing field." "Since we are playing a home game, we decided to give them the advantage."
Politics is a sport for some, but even at that, the Democrats have been a very, very disappointing team to watch. They seem to speak from a position of good ideas, but fold when it comes time to govern.Continued on the next page