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Monday, April 04, 2011

Running Through Sand for Reelection

Barack Obama brings to mind a world-class athlete I once saw, slogging through deep sand to strengthen his legs for competition.

In Libya and Washington, the President is doing just that, certainly not by choice, but it could help get him into condition for the 2012 marathon.

With only days left to avoid a government shutdown, he is pushing through Republican resistance even as they unload an even bigger pile of muck for the year ahead.

“We want to get spending and debt under control," says House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, "and we want to get the economy growing, and we want to address the big drivers of our debt, and that is the entitlement programs. We have a moral obligation to the country to do this.”

As always, the GOP is grading morality on a highly skewed upward curve.

“It seems to be the same old, same old,” says Chris Van Hollen, the Committee's ranking Democrat. “It's going to be continued big tax breaks for millionaires and big corporate special interests like oil companies and deep cuts in education for kids and health care for seniors.”

The President will likely avert this week's shutdown (even John Boehner can remember as far back as Newt Gingrich), but his campaign challenge will be to beat back the ruinous Tea Party surge toward dismantling government rather than trimming it back--and then communicate that choice to the voters.

Meanwhile, the stalemate in real sand is in Libya, a near-war in which the only grains of hope are rumors that younger Qaddafis may be ready to beach their aging patriarch, a move that might get the White House unstuck there.

On the day that marks the end of basketball's March Madness, it may be of interest that the athlete running through sand back then in the 1970s was the New York Knicks' Clyde Frazier. His team won it all the next year.

Update: The President makes it official--by email to supporters, kicking off what may be a $l billion campaign that should help shake out some of the sand from his shoes.

1 comment:

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oh dear, do you really think that Obama can communicate anything to voters? Anything at all? When was the last time that happened? Sometime in 2008, I think (and given the repeated moaning coming from this admin and the Dems about poor "messaging" on everything from ObamaCare to Libya to the economy to jobs to the failed stimulus--and on, everyone else around him thinks the same thing). This guy is thoroughly useless.

Better to go with someone like Kucinich, I think. Whatever else he is, he's at least got actual values and principles (something Obama never had, so it amuses me that lefties are wondering where they went and where he went--he's the exact same guy who ran for president).