The hard left is getting worried that Obama may be a one-term president. Only Obama can save himself they say, he just has to realize it. A ‘galaxy of progressives’ are mobilizing to deliver the wake-up call.
Hope and change is now we hope he’ll change. They acknowledge Obama’s plans have failed to bring about economic recovery. He should stop claiming things are better than they really are. They don’t think it’s in his character but they will prod the Prez to come down hard on the vicious Republicans. Progressive activists are urged to ‘warn’ Obama that they are ‘discontented’. Subtlety is not part of the plan.
Barack Obama is trapped in ominous economic circumstances, partly of his own making, and time is running out for his presidency. The character traits that got him to the White House—the cool style of avoiding sharp-edged conflict and mediating political differences—threaten now to make him a one-term president. Character is destiny. At this point, only Obama can save Obama, but to do that he must change himself.
The longer Obama persists in claiming things are on the right track, the more he damages his credibility.
It’s already too late for Obama to engineer an economic turnaround.
… He has to force his opponents out into plain view and turn their vicious behavior into a political asset for himself. … First, he must acknowledge that although his original stimulus helped avert a depression, it failed to produce a robust recovery. Next, he must propose a battery of emergency measures that deliver directly to citizens who are suffering…interventions that will help ordinary citizens survive the hard times. He shouldn’t overpromise on results, already a mistake of his presidency. But he should make it clear that he intends to help people stay above water, however long the troubles last.
A galaxy of progressives are on the case, launching grassroots actions to build popular pressure for renewal. A nationwide Rebuilding the American Dream Tour, sponsored by the Progressive Congress Action Fund, is scheduled for this summer. The activists should warn the White House that Obama faces a growing army of discontented voters. Our advice to the demonstrators: don’t be subtle.
When has the Left ever been subtle?
What a strategy. Admit he was lying about economic recovery all along. Get re-elected by replacing jobs with an emergency agenda to comfort citizens. Please, Obama, listen to your ideological soul mates. Please Republicans, don’t mess up.