Sunday, September 25, 2011
And now, when the chance for making progress with legislation has evaporated because of disastrous mid-term elections, Obama knows that the only way to win reelection is to do what he's doing right now: try to 'fire-up' the base with slick, fiery campaign rhetoric.
Ron Suskind's new book, Confidence Men, puts flesh on the bones of much of the criticism that has been directed toward Obama. His appointment of Larry Summers (which I criticized on this blog the day it was made back in late 2008) is perhaps the showcase example of what Obama has done wrong as President. I knew better, as did many others. Why didn't he?
Now Obama wants our renewed trust and confidence for 2012. I can tell you this, at least for me, it's going to take more than what I'm seeing right now.
A commenter writes: "What if the alternative is Rick Perry?" Good question. Yes, there are plenty of alternatives that would be worse than Barack Obama. So can I vote for Obama without 'trusting' him or having confidence in him? Yes, I can. I would love to feel good about my vote, but I may have to vote without that luxury.