The president has tried mightily to get even a modicum of cooperation to get
something done for the nation. It looks like he's coming to realise
he's just going to have to get out there and do it without cooperation from
republicans at any level, such is their steadfast spite. My wish is that the
president had come to this conclusion sooner.
This is a silly piece. FDR and LBJ were far more progressive than Obama. Heck,
even Richard Nixon was more progressive than Obama. All the arguments about
Obama being the most liberal, most progressive, most socialist, etc, are all Fox
News drivel, nothing more.
Consider how Obama probably views the matter of climate warming and his legacy.
He thinks if he doesn't act now to curb CO2 emissions and if a Republican
is elected to the presidency in 2016, there is the possibility of a 10 year
delay in doing anything about global warming, as no Republican president will
act (though the damage from warming will likely be coming obvious around 2020).
We are nearing the point of no return on doing something about climate warming.
If Obama doesn't act in the face of this threat his legacy will
not exist. He knows this and he as therefore acted.
George W. Bus, under Vice President Dick Cheney's guidance, encouraged an
imperial presidency answerable to no one. Working with a complacent congress,
Bush gutted the constitutional checks and balances that are supposed to keep any
part of the government from growing too powerful or too corrupt. In the name of
an endless war against an undefined enemy, he canceled our most fundamental
constitutional rights and the right to be free from unreasonable government
spying. Bush had the opportunity to be a great president. After
9/11, the nation was as united as it had been since Pearl Harbor and he could
have used it to turn around the nation's politics, security and economy.
Instead of uniting us, he divided us politically, financially and morally.President Obama's legacy will be remembered as the President who
kept a nation from crashing.
Obama actually said he "didn't want to be President without the
Senate"? I say, YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE. If the Senate and House do go/stay
Republican maybe Obama can do his party some good and step aside and let Biden
be the incumbent in 2016. The incumbent President always has a much better
chance to get re-elected. And it's obvious that since 2010 election, Obama
has not had much ambition anyway. He, like many Democrats believed the liberal
press clippings that said the Republican Party was essentially dead, and now
only a "regional party" at best. The Democrats believed that they would
rule from 2008 to infinity. Glad they overplayed that hand, because now it
looks like they may be the ones on the outside looking in.
Roland -"This is a silly piece. FDR and LBJ were far more
progressive than Obama."What about TR? He was about as
Progressive as they come, and he was a Republican." . . . Fox
News drivel . . ."Yeah, basically FOX "NEWS" and
"Conservative" so-called pundits are all tapped into the Great Right
Wing Hive Mind, which is itself controlled by Reactionary Plutocrats like Rupert
Murdoch and the Koch Brothers.
It always puzzles and disappoints me that most analyses of what the President or
other lawmakers do usually comes down to how it will affect re-election. Mr.
Gerson might better serve us readers if he were more apt to discuss Obama's
actions in terms of good or bad policy instead of legacy vs. party. Honestly, I
don't really care which party wins or loses. I just want what is best for
Roland Kayser took the words out of my mouth. The premise of this op-ed piece
is ludicrous. More right wing exageration. More gratuitous Obama bashing,
still trying to destroy the President. It is getting downright pathetic. The
right wing should focus on 2016 rather than keep trying to destroy a President
mearing the end of his tenure. Can't we have some rest from the Obama
bashing? It's not like the GOP and conservatives have either presented a
vision or done a single thing to move things forward or address the issues we
face. Not a darn thing.
Obama's legacy is mixed. At times he seems to be the mouthpiece for Bill
Ayers and Rev. Wright of the loco left. Universal and affordable health care was
his goal and will be his greatest accomplishment if the kinks can be ironed out.
He certainly is the coolest president. His well intentioned focus on the
environment has mixed results. The emphasis on renewable energy is favorable,
but the crony capitalism of Solyndra and other fiascos is inexcusable. His
promise of transparency/honesty was not sincere and his handling of the IRS,
NSA, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the ACA roll out and now the VA have left an
indelible scar on his administration. In 2017 he can go on the lecture circuit
and become a multimillionaire like the Clintons and Al Gore.
Roland Kayser,Of course it's a "silly piece"... because
it's about your hero...If it were pointing out Bush's
weaknesses, on the other hand, you would not think it was silly, and totally
support it. That's the problem. The duplicity...===Who called Obama, the most liberal, most progressive, most socialist,
etc? I went back and re-read the article and didn't see it. We're
discussing the article aren't we? Or are we just re-attacking FoxNews?
That seems to be the defense for EVERYTHING (blame Fox).I know some
people who never watch FoxNews, and they agree that Obama has been ambiguous at
times.... and he's working on his legacy now.===Obama's not perfect. We can't blame that on FoxNews.It's not fair... but some people expect the President to be perfect (not
only Obama.. it happened with Bush too). And yes... that is silly. But not
only when it happens to Obama... also when it happens to Bush and others... Be
EsquireAs a member of the GOP I'll give you a vision. How
about a vision of that 17.5 trillion dollar debt becoming a 10 trillion dollar
debt instead of what will likely be a 20 trillion dollar debt by the end of the
Obama years. Now that's something to envision!As for the GOP
not doing anything to move things forward. Ever heard of Harry Reid? That is
why nothing gets past the House. And you should be glad, because if I
understand your politics correctly, you don't want what Republicans want.
Just be glad for the stalemate right now and hope that the Democrats can hold
onto some power in the next two elections. Otherwise you will be on the side we
Republicans were after 2008 elections.
I'm not a real GOP fan... but I for sure know I like the Vision they have
better than the DNC's vision (of increased taxes, debt, and fewer jobs
because they have to pander to the radical environmentalist voters). I also
like their vision on Abortion. I kinda like their vision on welfare reform and
immigration. I for sure like their vision of keeping our healthcare
privatized (I don't like the VA model for everybody OR the
Single-government-payer model). I also like their vision that we need a strong
military (to preserve our liberty from those who hate us).I kinda
like the vision the GOP has.
@2BitsBut what about the reality? I'm not an old guy, so I can't
speak to living during the Regan or Nixon administrations, but from what
i've seen in the last 15-20 years(when I was acutally old enough to follow
politics) The GOP's vision is dramatically different than reality. Ya, they
want a strong military, that's why GWB sent troops to Iraq with inadequate
body armor and nothing to protect from IED's, and why Bush also had a
similar VA scandal to the current one. They say they are fiscally responsible,
but all i've seen is them spending more than we make,running up the
deficit, and not having the guts to cut programs(sure they'll talk, but
they wont' cut) or raise taxes. Ya, they are anti abortion, but what have
they done except keep passing laws that the SCOTUS finds unconstitutional, if
they were really serious, why no constitutional amendment? Sure you might like
the vision, but you have to admit the vision doesn't line up with what they
@SCfanUmmm, Harry Reid is the Senate majority leader. He has nothing to do
with bills being brought up in the House. If you have a problem with what bills
are brought up for vote in the house you need to direct your complaints to John
@Noodlekaboodle,To understand what a REAL "Conservative" is... you
would have to be alive long enough to remember back past Bush. He was a
"Republican"... but he was NOT a "Conservative". He was a
"Neocon" (Google it).===One thing young people
need to learn as early in their life as possible is... that dispite what the
politico-partisans and the talking heads on the news tell you... All Republicans
are NOT "Conservative". And all Democrats are NOT
"Liberal".Once you can see past the partisan stereotypes...
and see people for what they actually are (not their party-stereotype)... you
will be seeing life more clearly... and with more "reality" (as I can
tell from your post that you really want to get in touch with
"reality").====It's correct that
Republicans spend a lot and talk a lot about the deficit, but do nothing about
it. You would have to get a little more radical... say a Tea Party person, or
a REAL "Conservative" to find someone who really cares about the deficit
and the future of this country (past the next election).But at least
the GOP includes it in their vision...
@ SCfan, every hear of the permanent filibuster the Republicans have in the
Senate? Unprecedented. And even on bills (like the recent energy bill) that
the Republicans agree with, they still won't let it move. So spare me
about your Harry Reid whining.A you distort the debt issue. After
taking a surplus budget and quickly destroying it, in part due to wars, a drug
plan, unfunded tax cuts, etc., the Republicans have no room to talk. They took
a good economy and a budget surplus and crushed it, leaving us in the worst
recession since the Great Depression. It was sop bad that in the campaign of
2008, no one was sure if we would make it. That mess was handed to the winner
of the election, and we have clawed our way back. I'll take reality over
the empty, two-faced rhetoric handed out by the Republicans. They talk a good
game, but the truth is exactly the opposite.
Hey SC Fantasy -"As a member of the GOP I'll give you a
vision."But as a member of the GOP, your "vision" is
obscured by all lies that circulate within the GOP.Thus, you're
vision is incapable of seeing reality.
@2BitsI guess I don't understand why you are OK with following a
party that you admit "It's correct that Republicans spend a lot and
talk a lot about the deficit, but do nothing about it." So why are such such
a big supporter of the GOP? I know that while i'm most definitly a liberal,
I haven't voted for a Democrat in the last 3 elections, or about 30% of my
voting history, because the vision the Democrats present isn't what they
actually do. I mean, if you and i agree that the GOP is a lot of talk, and not a
lot of action, why vote for them? I'm not saying vote for the Green
Party(that's more my style) But if that's really what you think, why
don't you vote for Constitution Party or Libertarian Party candidates? At
least those guys are more in line with your world view, and you'd be giving
someone who at least doesn't have a track record of being full of it your
Easily the worst president in my lifetime. So Carter has finally been beaten.
He can't do domestic policy, he can't do foreign policy, he can't
even try to work with congress because they might make him do something that may
require a little bit of cooperation by him. Hopefully in a few months when the
Republicans take both houses of Congress, they won't screw things up.