On Friday night, I had the good fortune to dine with my friends, Powerline blogger John Hinderaker and his lovely lady Loree. We had similar theories about the presidential election, optimistic about Republican chances this fall and wondering at the president’s apparent insecurity. He addressed that insecurity in a blog post yesterday:
If Democrats thought President Obama had a defensible record, they would be talking about the economy, not about contraceptives and hoodies. And if their own surveys showed Democrats running strongly, they would be appealing to independent and centrist voters, not trying to motivate their base with feminist and racial controversies that are unpopular with the general public.
And, I would add, trying to motivate them as well with anti-Republican demagoguery. Later today, the president will be attacking the Ryan budget which passed the House. Don’t expect him to provide an alternative to the budget he introduced earlier this year — and which failed to garner a single Democratic vote in the House.
The last time he attacked a Ryan budget, he failed to offer an alternative of his own. (That was last year when not a single Democrat in the Senate could register his support for their fellow partisan’s blueprint.) Seems Obama is more interested in galvanizing his base to oppose Republican initiatives than to rally centrists to support his proposals.
In his reelection campaign, all this incumbent has is attacks. Do hope Republicans ask him to provide an alternative to their plan since his plan garnered zero votes in the House. Or maybe they could even ask the incumbent why he didn’t lobby his fellow Democrats to support on to that plan.
If the president is so confident of victory this November, why then must he attack his rivals with such intensity instead of touting his own policies?
FROM THE COMMENTS: ILoveCapitalism find it “rather weird, that Obama would attack Ryan’s budget as ‘radical’ (Yahoo says he just did) when his own budget cannot garner a single vote from his own party.”