One result of the GOP sweep into the majority of the House of Representatives is this: I actually witnessed David Gregory on Meet the Press grill David Axelrod on specifics as Axelrod went into the usual riff on Republicans - that they won't work with Obama. It was so unusual that it caught my attention, which speaks to the sad state of affairs in today's journalism and the talking heads shows on television. Since his inauguration and indeed, all along the campaign trail in 2008, President Obama has enjoyed a swooning adulation from the members of the press.
It is interesting because no one is happy with President Obama these days. Conservatives and Independents registered their dissatisfaction and voted out a record number of Democrats in the House of Representatives. Democrats are angry that Obama isn't liberal enough for them. To them, he should continue on his far left agenda but make absolutely no compromises or reasonable and common sense approach to any policy decision. Full speed ahead. Don't look back.
Democrats are furious and venting their anger at the President that the Democrats lost complete control on Capitol Hill. Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, says the White House misinterpreted election results. “It’s less ‘Oh no, they’re triangulating,’ and more ‘Boy, their political instincts are really stupid,’” he tells The Hill. The White House “fundamentally” doesn’t get that “the only way to get Republicans to deal in good faith is to fight them, crush them and teach a lesson that if Republicans are on the wrong side of an issue, there will be consequences. ... So it makes no sense to negotiate,” Green says.
See, that's the dirty little secret. The far left is just as stubborn and tone deaf as the far right. The far left, while complaining that the Republicans won't accept their horrible legislation presented for the President to sign and are the party of no (as the minority is supposed to be) want to "crush them" and "teach a lesson" to them.
Peace and love, y'all.
So, even the slobbering press is turning on the powers that be. Buyers remorse is running rampant among those who voted for Obama. I think some are beginning to feel downright foolish for being taken in by the hype and nonsensical rhetoric. Turns out there is much more to running a country than reading a speech off a teleprompter well. Much more. The man who voted 'present' more than any other politician in the Illinois State Legislature is actually expected to make a decision, to lead and convince this opponents of the wisdom of his decisions. Instead he bullies and insults Republicans. He refers to them as "the enemy" and implies they are too lazy (drinking slurpees) to get into the fray and offer up policy alternatives. Never mind that these alleged non-existent alternatives have been available on the Internet for months and months.
He's voted 'present' too often. No one is happy anymore.