So true to character, Maureen Dowd weighed in on the election, and got it wrong. See, she believes the vote wasn’t about Obama, it was about gullible voters.
She writes that Republicans “were able to persuade a lot of Americans that the couple in the White House was not American enough, not quite “normal,” too Communist, too radical, too Great Society.”
Wait – you forgot “too Muslim and too Kenyan.”
Anyway, she missed the point about the election – and so did Obama. He spoke today, saying – and I paraphrase, because I’m lazy:
“America wants us to act, not to stand still.”
Okay – Maybe it’s me, but I think it’s the reverse. I think Americans don’t want him to act, and would like him to stand still.
Here’s why: President Obama is the most successful progressive politician I’ve seen, ever.
He passed health care reform, which Clinton couldn’t even do. He got two really liberal judges on the Supreme Court. Really, that’s going to matter more than anything. He got a pile of other left-wingers appointed, and called them czars. He passed the stimulus – and nearly got cap and trade through.
My point is – there were no roadblocks, no gridlock – because there were no Republicans! Back in 2008, that party was more run down than Charlie Sheen’s penis. Obama was the running back with the ball and nothing but daylight.
What he didn’t expect: the folks in the stands rushing the field.
The Republicans didn’t galvanize the public. The public galvanized the Republicans.
So Mo and O are wrong. It’s good that the Prez calls for consensus. But he shouldn’t be making peace with Republicans – try those crazy voters instead. And right now, they aren’t cheering him down the field – they want him to punt.
Let’s hope the man listens, for once.
And if you disagree with me, you’re a racist, homophobic gridlockophobe.