There is something almost amusing is watching this ostensibly post-partisan president lash out against Republicans in a manner which makes Richard Nixon look bi-partisan (which, come to think of it, in matters legislative, he pretty much was).
In his Cleveland economic speech, he slammed the GOP, singling out incoming Speaker House Minority Leader John Boehner.
As Byron York oberves:
In his economic speech in Cleveland, President Obama mentioned House Minority Leader John Boehner by name seven times — a striking change from the president’s speech in Milwaukee Monday in which he referred to Boehner only as “the man who thinks he’s going to be Speaker.” With the Democrats’ hold on the House of Representatives in deep jeopardy, the president has apparently decided to make the campaign in part a personal showdown between himself and Boehner. It’s a risky strategy, one that elevates a House minority leader to an eye-to-eye level with the President of the United States. And by personalizing the conflict with Boehner, it also casts the coming elections as a referendum on Obama’s performance at a time when Democrats would prefer a series of more local contests.
Not just risky, but bizarre. Most Americans haven’t even heard of the Ohio Republican. Boehner is not now the lightning rod that Newt Gingrich once was — or that Nancy Pelosi currently is. Seems Obama is attempting to make him such a figure, but, given his plummeting approval ratings, the only people he may be able to convince already have a negative opinion of the Congressman.
Still, one wonders why the Democratic president feels it necessary to personalize the opposition. Did W ever so deride House Democratic leaders, attacking them by name? And in his campaign, Barack Obama presented himself as a healing alternative to that Republican’s supposedly divisive politics
Well, he was right about one thing. He’s a a different kind of politician than was his Republican predecessor.