Obama’s Political Trajectory
certainly proved that the Obama honeymoon with the American people is
over. Over the past 50 years, nearly every President has had a higher
approval rating at this point in their presidency by the American people
than does President Obama. What a fall! He was elected overwhelmingly
as President, only to tumble to record lows in disapproval ratings with
the economy, with his health program, with his foreign policy, and with
As of this writing, his government
take-over of health care, his cap and trade (better written as cap and
tax) program to curb scientifically questionable climate change, his
take-over of General Motors, his support of a dictator in Honduras (as
well as kowtowing to assorted other dictators in Venezuela and around
the globe), his endless spending programs, bail-outs galore, high taxes
(including the middle class), and giving more power to union bosses are
all in disrepute by the American people.
The reason? The
American people are beginning to think they were conned by a politician
who promised tax cuts but is instead delivering tax hikes. They feel
deceived by a politician who promised to balance the budget but has
instead broken the budget by spending trillions of dollars we don’t
have. They voted by for a post-racial President who expressed his own
racism by attacking police officers without knowing any of the facts.
They were assured of an economic recovery with shrinking unemployment,
only to see unemployment soar after a questionable “stimulus” package
laden with Congressional pork directed primarily toward Districts that
voted for Obama. They were promised bipartisanship and instead have
witnessed the most partisan Presidency in history.
Obama continues to push his radical agenda, he will be a one term
President. He can recover, but only by backing off these unpopular
programs and moving back toward the center. If not, our economic woes
will increase as we face skyrocketing inflation followed by high
interest rates and a further slow-down in the economy. That’s just
Economics 101. You can’t tax or spend your way into prosperity.
any one of his marquee programs stumbles, i.e. universal medical care,
cap and trade, union card check, they are likely to all collapse.
There’s a herd instinct in Congress when it comes to political survival
and it’s called “every man for himself.” It has absolutely nothing to
do with political philosophy or political party. Getting re-elected to
the next term takes priority over every other consideration by
Congressmen and Senators.
Should Republicans sweep the statewide
offices in Virginia and New Jersey in the off-year elections, the hand
writing will be on the wall and Democrats in marginal Congressional
districts will be running away from President Obama and all of his
Unless Obama changes course, 2010 and 2012 could turn
into a rout by the Republicans. But, to be sure, there’s a political
eternity between now and 2012 and anything can happen. The GOP has to
find good candidates for 2010, nationalize that election with a new
contract with America, find a winning conservative candidate for
President in 2012 and, along the way, raise millions of dollars and
successfully play catch-up in political technology in order to win.
Should the Republicans do this, and should Obama fail to move back
toward the center, his political trajectory will be down and out in one.