But Clinton’s biggest goof came months before the election. Former Democratic Presidents have made it standard fare to reinvent their presidencies. Jimmy Carter, for example, this year blamed the deceased Teddy Kennedy for blocking his big health-care bill 30 years ago.
Clinton’s reinvention was this: if the Democratic-controlled Congress in 1993-’94 would have passed Hillary’s healthcare bill, the party would not have lost the Senate and House in the Gingrich revolution.
The New York Times tries to tell San Fran Nan she’s not cut out for the job of Minority Leader. That’s gotta be a bitter pill. And they try sooo hard to not offend her *ness in the process. But it really boils down to them realizing they actually want to win, and will give up loads of agenda for the sake of that seductive power.
Meanwhile, President Obama was surprised by the unpopularity of the health care law he didn’t communicate the benefits of to us effectively enough:
Obama said the health care system itself is huge and complicated and that changing it eluded previous presidents because it was so difficult.”I made the decision to go ahead and do it, and it proved as costly politically as we expected — probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically,” he said.
This encapsulates the reason Obama is no Clinton: Obama is first and foremost an ideologue. Clinton is first and foremost a flirt.
Obama believes in the moral superiority and absolute necessity of his vision of America and it’s government. He cannot change that even to maintain his grasp on power. He is no megalomaniac.
Clinton was able to adjust his ideological moorings post-1994 because his moorings were only to is being loved by everybody and being always before their eyes.
I do not believe an Obama second term is anywhere near a certainty. The 2010 sentiment will still be flowing strong and it will be up to Republicans to keep it strong and to attract more to their cause with a clear exposition of positive reform and real and worthwhile and very necessary change to show they can do more than be the party of No. It’s the Republican’s election to lose.
Alexi Giannoulias, who I had the privilege of confronting face-to-face before he lost his bid for President Obama’s former senate seat to Republican Mark Kirk, apparently gave quite the surprise at this concession speech. I cannot find video of this anywhere and am relying on reports of friends of mine who said that after congratulating Kirk in his win and hearing boos from the crowd at Kirk’s name, Giannoulias came down very strongly against such behavior stating that we ought to respect the office and its occupant.
Mark Kirk, the next day, invited Alexi to a local bar where they drank beers together and discussed politics.
Finally, some in the media think this election is the result of careful and shrewd planning by the Republican establishment. I’m more in the “Republicans only kind of suck” camp, and can report, from inside the belly of the Republican beast, that the establishment of the Republican party is as clueless and wary of the Tea Parties as the Democrat establishment is. It is only by convenience that the ideas of the Republican party more closely align with those of the Tea Party, and 50 years ago it would’ve probably been the other way around.
The PowerPoint slides presented to House Republicans in January 2009 seemed incongruously optimistic at a time when the very word hope belonged to the newly ascendant Democrats and their incoming president, Barack Obama. “If the goal of the majority is to govern, what is the purpose of the minority?” one slide asked.”The purpose of the minority,” came the answer, “is to become the majority.”
The presentation was the product of a strategy session held 11 days before Obama’s inauguration, when top Republican leaders in the House of Representatives began devising an early blueprint for what they would accomplish in Tuesday’s election: their comeback. (Columbus Dispatch)
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels blamed the Tea Party for the fact we didn’t take the Senate as well.
“We didn’t turn up the strongest candidates,” Daniels, who some think might contend for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, said in response to a question about the Senate tally.
That line probably just cost Daniels any chance of a 2012 nomination. He doesn’t get it.
To the extent Tea Party candidates can be blamed for their failures in the elections, they can be blamed for being unpolished. And I don’t consider that quite the problem others may. Yes it’s harder to win when you’re on a shoe-string and have no idea what you’re doing and no who does have an idea to coach you.
Which places the blame exactly where it ought to be: the Republican establishment. Failing to capitalize (literally) races such as the Reid-Angle contest in Nevada will win the Republican leadership no brownie points. The fact that, with as much laughing coming from the purported right as from the left at Sharon Angle, she came within inches of wiping that snide smile from Dingy Harry Reid’s face should be ringing alarm bells all over RNC headquarters.
If the NRCC wasn’t so busy trying to maintain the status quo with statist ideologues and their own ideas of the American dream, we’d probably have control of both houses of Congress going into next year.
The Murkowski/Miller race was another travesty. Obviously, Murkowski is popular, and if she won, she won. But she lost before she won. She lost, and then refused to give in as she ought to have. Give her points for tenacity, but make sure you’re giving her points for lust for power, greed for position, and the helpline number for Megalomaniacs Anonymous.
Further, the establishment of the Republican party has no more to offer most Americans than the Democrat party. More of the same. Blue bloods. Lifers. Idiots who can pass monstrosities and tell us we have to pass it to know what’s in it. People who haven’t earned a real dollar their entire lives.
Sure they’ve got experience. But seeing what experience has got us so far, I’m ready to place my bets on the newbie.
So move aside, NRCC, RNC, and all ye ol’ elephants. There are people here who have good ideas and real experience in the real world (that place that happens outside the beltway that you fly over every so often) who have beat you as surely as they beat all other comers.
It’s our turn.
- Democrats lose Obama’s former Illinois Senate seat (thenewstribune.com)
- Divided Democrats look ahead through 2012 (cnn.com)
- The Beer Summit Catches On in Illinois (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Billy Goat Beer Summit: Mark Kirk, Alexi Giannoulias Meet For A Post-Election Beer (huffingtonpost.com)
- 2012 Could Be Worse Than 2010 for Democrats (politics.usnews.com)
- Democrats lose Obama’s former Senate seat (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Obama’s shady banking buddy goes down in Illinois, but… (michellemalkin.com)
- Can Obama do a Clinton? (economist.com)
- What If Hillary Were President? (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Will Obama Take a Page Out of Bill Clinton’s Playbook? (pajamasmedia.com)