It took less than 48 hours for Nancy Pelosi to declare any passage of health care reform in the House dead on arrival for the time being. President Obama wasn’t far behind with his now battered agenda and a first-year presidency in turmoil.
To his credit, the president has been kind in his words and hopeful for a better future. Unlike many of his colleagues who have been blaming everything in the “Massachusetts Massacre” on the losing candidate’s campaign style to women voters mesmerized by the victor’s physique, Obama has kept his cool and blames no one outright.
This is not the time for the president to be taking any more advice from those who insist they got him elected. It is time for him to realize the electorate did not fully understand his political intentions or simply found out too late that it was too liberal for their taste.
For the Democrats to now avoid a catastrophe is the November elections, they need to first realize they have ten months to mend fences that have been badly damaged. Unlike the mid-term elections in 1994 where President Clinton had no heads up to the impending disaster, Obama can move to the center now and possibly save some “Blue Dog Demos” in the bargain.
The president’s first move to improve his standing with those who elected him lies in the economy. In one form or another, he must find a way to lower the unemployment figures by late summer and bring something to the table concerning bank corruption and insufficent loans from major financial institutions.
The president knows that making the Wall Street the problem will bode well with average Americans. Pointing the finger at them for the economic mess we face is raw meat for most voters. Lending to small businesses and private citizens is at a low point since the stimulus package earlier this year. Credit isn’t being authorized by the banks as Obama and the Fed Chairman predicted.
It’s safe to say with recent White House accusations aimed at Wall Street blame, that is the next move. Looking at the political landscape and what he can pass in Congress this year is limited. Heading towards a showdown with the financial sector may be his only card to play in the coming months.
But lurking in the shadows is an imminent clash over ILLEGAL immigration in this country. From the looks of the two sides which will surely clash in a monumental national debate, the issue may put the rancor over health care reform to shame.
The president may be able to concentrate for the next few months on less controversial issues that are safer for his polls like terrorism, jobs and Wall Street, but any knowledgeable student of Washington politics knows that the coming storm is immigration reform.
Not unlike the very different views before the Civil War, shaping a new and more stringent policy towards ILLEGALS vs. amnesty could be 2010’s version of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
It is not going to be getting any easier for the president anytime soon.
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