Despite the president delivering a well-received (even by conservatives) speech in Tucson last week and once again demonstrating that he can deliver a unifying address, he still has a problem with his agenda. People may like him as a person, but they don’t like the big-government, policies he is pushing, er, has pushed.
That’s why former vice president Cheney thinks the Democrat will be a one-termer:
Former vice president Dick Cheney, back in the public eye after a major heart operation, predicts that President Obama will be a one-term president because of health care and other big government programs.
In an interview to air Tuesday on NBC’s Today show, Cheney cited Obama’s “overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector.”
As for health care, Cheney said Obama has “enacted a program that a great many people are very worried about. And that there’s a lot of support out there for the effort to repeal that health care package.”
The Wyoming Republican also lauded the Illinois Democrat for taking a page from former president Bush and adopting many of his counter-terrorism policies (policies he once criticized).
I’m not yet as sanguine as Cheney about Obama’s 2012 prospects, but do think this sterling public servant has a point. Unlike 2012, Obama can’t run on the amorphous slogan of “change” and rope in, as he did in 2008, conservatives and libertarians disgruntled with the incumbent Republican president and more ready to take him at his word when he paid lip service to their concerns.
Now, we see that lip service for what it is.
The Democrat can’t ride on people’s hopes that he’ll be a new kind of politician.
We also see that the economy hasn’t rebounded as the president promised us it would (when Congress passed his “stimulus”). Obama may still win, but he can’t count on the media to conceal his record as they did now nearly three years ago. A president can’t hide in the same way a candidate can.
The eyes of the world are upon President Obama and his accomplishments. But, all that said, if the economy rebounds vigorously, we’ll have a whole new ball game.