Operation One-Term: Obama Reaches Bipartisan Agreement To Serve Only Four Years
A little over a month ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” A little over two weeks ago, a pair of nominally Democratic hacks explained that Obama would be much more effective over the next two years if he immediately declared that he would not seek a second term.
Well, Obama may not have come out and explicitly announced that he won’t try to get re-elected, but he has clearly signaled his intent to grant their wish. I don’t think I have ever seen a president as determined to avoid another four years as Barack Obama. Sorry, White House – he’s just not that into you.
Why else would he be performing kabuki negotiations with the Republicans to ensure that the incredibly unpopular Bush tax cuts for the rich are preserved with no political consequences for the GOP, even to the point of opposing Schumer’s millionaire compromise?
Why else would he create a deficit commission stacked with Social Security haters and continue to lavish praise on it even after it recommended tax cuts for the rich and benefit cuts for the elderly? (And does anyone doubt that some form of that final recommendation will get a vote in Congress, especially with that non-binding but oh-so-bipartisany 11-7 committee vote? And that if it passes, that Obama will happily sign it?)
Why else would he brag about a “Recovery Summer” with 9.6% unemployment, or play possum on health care reform until after the public option was removed, or offer only HAMP as a solution to the foreclosure crisis?
If this year’s Democratic campaign message was “We suck less,” 2012’s will be “We may suck, but at least we’re not crazy.” Not exactly an improvement, but it should definitely free Obama up to run for mayor of Chicago.