Given the results of last November’s mid-term elections and the approach to economic growth favored by congressional Republicans (as indicated in numerous speeches delivered, policy proposals outlined and legislation written — and sometimes even passed in the House), the president’s jobs bill stood no chance of in that GOP-controlled chamber. It may have failed even in the Senate where some Democrats who voted to end debate may well not have voted for final passage of the costly initiative.
At a time when 57% “of Americans believe the federal government today has too much power“, the president is going to find it hard to sell his policies even to members of his own party facing re-election in “red” or “purple” states — as well as swing districts.
With his failure to advance any of his agenda since his party lost the house, how then will President Obama be able to accomplish anything in his second term?
This year, he can no longer run on the vague mantra of hope and the promise of changing Washington. He has instead chosen to focus on labeling his partisan adversaries as extremists. That may well work in securing a second term, but it doesn’t give him a governing agenda.