Obama Understands Politics, Not So Much His Constituents
Say what you will about President Obama, but he can work politics like it’s nobody’s business. He (or at least his advisors) know the way Washington works, who can be persuaded, whose arms can be twisted and how to run a news cycle – which includes Friday evening news dumps.
Be that as it may, he doesn’t quite understand his constituents, we the people, the same way. Some may disagree and say that he wouldn’t have got elected if he didn’t, but Obama actually just knows how to campaign – not how to connect. That much is obvious. Take for example the so-called historic passage of health care “reform.” Sure it was a political “win” for the President. But out here in America he is now taking a beating. Polls show him dropping precipitously after a brief one or two point bound a week after the passage of “reform.”
Considering that, was it still a victory? For the history books, maybe. Come November 2010 and 2012, however, probably not. The same can be said for the recent “good news” in the economy and more. The statistics may be good, but tell that to the 9.7% suffering from this jobless recovery.
Chris Wallace summed this all up pretty well on Politico’s “Turn the Table” (which is a compelling new idea):