As national opposition hardens against Barack Obama and his prospects of being re-elected rapidly fade, many Democrats appear to be distancing themselves from the failed president. Sure, there’s no question they’ll eventually come around if he’s at the top of the ticket in 2012, but don’t think for a minute they’re not looking out for themselves and where they may be left standing when it all comes crashing down next year.
More and more Democrats are publicly challenging Obama on a range of issues.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) ripped the administration on Tuesday for considering keeping U.S. troops in Iraq beyond this year. In a floor speech on Tuesday, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) questioned Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, are at odds with Obama on the trade deals he just sent to Congress. Reid has committed to moving them, though he has made clear he is not a fan. Pelosi has put the White House on notice she will not be twisting arms to pass the agreements.
Congressional Democrats are not exactly embracing Obama’s jobs plan. Pelosi has called for an up-or-down vote on it in the House, but Reid is in no rush to schedule a vote. Reid, who is worried about keeping his majority, is well-aware that voting on Obama’s proposal puts some of his politically vulnerable members in a tough spot.
I distinctly recall a liberal intellectual titan once famously declared that opposition to Obama was racism, straight up. Obviously Reid, Pelosi and Frank are just using this opposition to conceal their thinly veiled racism. We’re on to them.
But don’t fret, at least one Obama Kool-Aid drinker still believes.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted to CNSNews.com yesterday that “anyone’ can see that the economy is improving and sought to interpret what Pres. Obama really meant when he admitted Monday that Americans were not better off today than four years ago.
“Well, what President Obama said was that certainly since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, that Americans are not better off,” Wasserman Schultz told CNSNews.com. “That was specifically the president’s comment. I thought. And I think anyone who looks at the economy knows we have come a long way.
“We are certainly no longer dropping like a rock like we were in the months leading up to President Obama taking office,” Wasserman Schultz continued. “And now we’ve begun to turn the corner.”
We’re turning the corner? Really?
Announced firings jumped 212 percent, the largest increase since January 2009, to 115,730 last month from 37,151 in September 2010, according to Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Cuts in government employment, led by the Army’s five-year troop reduction plan, and at Bank of America accounted for almost 70 percent of the announcements.
You own it, Debbie Downer. Good luck campaigning on it.
Speaking of campaigning, you’re not going to believe this.
A White House official says President Barack Obama is planning a bus tour through the politically important states of North Carolina and Virginia later this month to push for his jobs plan.
The trip is scheduled for Oct. 17-19, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.
The trip will be similar to a three-day bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois the president went on in August.
That was so successful, why not do it again?