As the president focuses on his campaign for reelection, he seems less focused on doing his job than he is on attacking his partisan adversaries. He hasn’t put forward plans to address the nation’s pressing fiscal problems, the burgeoning federal debt and the coming insolvency of entitlements.
And he hasn’t really specified what he plans to do in his second term. In a post on this topic four months ago, I included a “tidbit Ed Morrissey pulled out of the [then-]recent CBSNews poll“:
Even while Obama keeps fanning the flames of class warfare, no one is sure what Obama intends to do with a second term anyway. Two-thirds don’t have a clear idea on his second-term goals (32/66) — and that includes a majority of Democrats (46/52) along with more than two-thirds of independents (29/69).
Now, even a liberal pundit is taking notice. Jeffrey Toobin who, more often than note, repeats the conventional wisdom of Beltway insiders wonders what Obama has planned for his second term:
The President and his campaign have been strikingly quiet about plans for a second term. As a rule, all incumbents, of whatever office, run for reëlection on their records rather than on their future promises, but Obama appears to have taken the strategy to an extreme.
The showpiece (to date) of the Obama campaign is “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a seventeen-minute video directed by Davis Guggenheim. It’s an entirely backward-looking production, featuring the President’s efforts to extricate the country from the financial crash, the bailout of automobile manufacturers, and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Although Toobin once questioned Michael Barone’s sanity, his commentary on the campaign film seems almost a summary of the “review” Barone offered last month, its visuals “oddly antique for a president who promised hope and change.”
Toobin does note that the president has offered one “promise for the future [,] his embrace of the “Buffett rule” for tax rates—to ensure that millionaires pay a greater percentage of their income than their secretaries.”
It would be nice if the president could offer more than just a plan to increase taxes. It would also be nice if more pundits than just Mr. Toobin called the president out for his paucity of ideas. And perhaps as well for attacking his rivals instead of offering solutions.