As I was sorting through my notes this weekend, I happened upon a few pages of blog ideas left over from last fall’s campaign. While most are no longer particularly relevant, some ideas stood out, notably this one:
Obama “Cool”/He gets that by avoiding making decisions, yielding to congressional Democrats.
And this seem particularly relevant in two of the issues dominating the headlines these past few weeks, health care and Afghanistan. On health care, Democrats in Congress, particularly on the Senate Finance Committee, have been trying to cobble together a bill while the President watches supportively from the sidelines.
On Afghanistan, he has given no clear signals about which path he plans on taking.
Jennifer Rubin believes his dithering has led to “a remarkable and widespread loss of confidence in the president’s handling of national security” as indicated in recent polls: “This should actually come as no surprise. Neither his rhetoric or his decision-making to date has projected strength.”