[T]he Obama administration has… expressed the hope that having a good election night in November might "break the fever" that has overtaken the right and get them to come to the table with a more reasonable set of demands next year. This hope has been received with open derision on the left because it is assumed that the administration is as hopelessly naïve as they sound… Let me be blunt. Not only would it be a bad idea for the president to suggest that our present gridlock might remain unchanged in his second term, that simple idea represents the single biggest danger to his reelection prospects. Mitt Romney has only one compelling argument for his presidency. His platform of programs is unpopular. He can't compete with the president for coolness or popularity. He didn't get bin-Laden. His business record is as much a liability as an asset. He's a gaffe machine. His one and only compelling argument is that he might be better able to work with the Democrats (who, at least, believe in governance) than Obama has been able to work with Republicans. Never mind the deeply troubling implications… that no Democratic president can govern this country because the GOP won't allow it, and that, therefore, we must only elect Republican presidents. It doesn't matter if the strategy is dishonorable. All that matters is that… nothing else has much of a chance of convincing people that Romney would be preferable to Obama. For the president to buy into that idea for even one moment would be beyond irresponsible. It would be borderline suicidal. And, yet, the left wants him to make a variant of that argument. Instead of bitching at him for alleged naïvete, we should be saluting him for his political acumen.Read the whole thing, the opening paragraphs are a concise set of reminders of some of the context without which one cannot hope properly to read "the real intentions" or assess "the actual accomplishments" of any Administration whatever its spin literally says from moment to moment.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
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