First of all, thanks to Rayne for setting me straight.
Obama’s problem, I think, is that he is still acting like a senator. He really believes that compromise and cooperation will move us forward–you know, that infamous “statesmanship and comaraderie “of the senate. Not a chance. This group of right-wing zealots has slapped his hand away again and again. They have stated publicly that their number one goal is to bring him down. Now, Issa is coming after him with a myriad of bogus investigations–“Hey Issa, where are the jobs?????”
He needs kick-ass-and-take-no-prisoners advisers, not the glad-handers he currently surrounds himself with. In fact, instead of taking that trip abroad (right after he delivered his humbled “shellacking” speech no less), he should have stayed behind and organized a counteroffensive. He has already allowed the right to frame the election as a “complete repudiation” of his policies and Democrats in general. Issa, McConnell, Cantor, and the great Boner should be his first targets. He still has a majority until January and he should be taking full advantage of it and getting jobs and climate legislation passed, and allow tax cuts for the rich to expire. (Any bets any of this will happen?) If he and Reed squander their 2-month majority, it will say a great deal about the 2012 election.
I am not optimistic. I think Democrats should seriously start thinking of someone to run against Obama in the primaries. Because if he keeps behaving like a senator instead of a president, the situation we find ourselves in now will look like the garden of eden compared to what’s coming.