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Obama Just Can’t Get Enough Love

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i want to be loved...

i want to be loved...

Obama is leading like a President who wants to be loved. In case he hasn’t noticed, he’s about as loved and admired as anyone can be without levitating.

It’s time to try something a little different. Like leading.

This morning the President announced that he’d ordered the EPA to ‘review’ the block on California’s strict emission regulations.

Everybody knows what that review is going to do. It’s going to remove the block on California’s strict emission regulations. By delaying he just gives his enemies a chance to rally their lobbyists.

Last week, Obama met with GOP house leaders and asked for their input on the economic stimulus package.

Everyone knew what was going to happen. The GOP did give Obama their input. It consisted of a single finger. With America on the brink in so many respects, we really don’t have time to chit chat, especially with a Republican party that’s on the verge of marginalizing itself. What they say isn’t important. We need to ignore them. That will make them look even more truculent and outmoded than ever.

The trend here is simple. Obama wants his enemies to be his friends. That’s very sweet, but it’s going to get frustrating real fast.

I’ve been hearing an awful lot of talk these days about how Obama is using bipartisanship as a Trojan horse to get good policies through the quagmire.

Not going to work. There isn’t a quagmire. We run the show. With the help of Senators Spector, Collins, and Snowe, and a strong whip in the Senate, we have total filibuster-proof control. The days when preventing the tyranny of the majority are gone. Bipartisanship is only good when the other side agree to what you want to do your way.

Now is not the time for offering compromises. We won. They lost. It’s our turn to lead. And if the people don’t like it. They can vote us out next time.

It’s called democracy.

I once directed a feature film. The experience taught me more about leadership than anything I’ve ever done. These are the rules; 1. Keep your mouth shut unless it matters. 2. Be decisive. 3. Keep it brief. 4. Never ask for advice. Keep your game face on. 5. Forget about being liked.

Great film directors are not nice people on set.

Presidents are always on set.

Written by coolrebel

January 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

6 Responses

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  1. i personally support a more liberal nation, as you know, and worry that if the right had won (which was a bigger possibility than people think (we have paulson + palin to thank that it did not) we would have sunken further in the mire.

    but my own hopes and fears are less important than the main point here which is that at historical turning points, it’s the duty of government to respond in kind with actions that match the times – not with the same old mid-road centrism, weighted to either right or left. best simon


    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 am

  2. That might be an interesting post but Rush’s listeners didn’t vote for or support Obama because they respect him. Some do but their frustration is with Bush and McCain who are seen as being too liberal.

    Their thinking was that if Obama wins and has a Democratic Congress that the combo will set policy so far left that the economy collapse, we’ll have a depression and that will drive all the commoners back to the ranks of the R’s.

    I was taken by your post because it did an exceptional job of articulating the road to a much more liberal nation. A road partially cleared by frustrated conservatives.

    I have no idea how this is going to turn out but it will be an interesting thing to watch. Results will be easy to quantify.

    If the conservatives were right then we will go into a serious depression followed possibly by hyper inflation and R’s will take control of congress in ’10 and the white house in ’12.

    If the conservatives were wrong then D’s will expand their majority in congress in ’10 and Mr. O will be re-elected by a landslide in ’12.

    I like conflicts where results can be quantified.


    January 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

  3. thanks for the reply, littleriver. fascinating what you’re saying about rush’s listeners. they would actually respect obama more if he were more decisive – even if he is a relatively liberal democrat. with your permission, can i write a post about that?


    January 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

  4. I was kind of focused on the Rush Limbaugh thing in first response and forgot to mention that I enjoyed the article. Very well written and a good analysis of the current situation in D.C. I think one of the reasons the mainstream media is dying in this country is because there are so many bloggers out there who just write better stuff.

    I listen to Rush maybe once a year or so but a friend fills me in on the high points from time to time and what you are describing (e.g. Mr. O and the Dems taking charge and just doing it their way) is actually what many of Rush’s listeners are hoping for.


    January 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

  5. thanks for replying, littleriver. trying to school boehner and cantor is like trying to teach a chihuahua to play the piano. nothing they have to say is remotely useful and we don’t need their votes, so why waste time?


    January 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  6. Interesting commentary but I think you are missing another important possibility. Something that popped up on Saturday.

    Obama told Republican congressional reps that they aren’t going to be able to get things done if they keep listening to Rush Limbaugh.


    Mr. O would be wise to steer clear of the number 1 talk show radio host in the nation. Rush makes a lot more than he does and is a heck of a lot smarter.


    January 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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