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Liberal pundit wonders what Obama has planned for 2nd Term

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:37 am - April 19, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Hopenchange

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.



  1. Toobin’s concluding sentence in the New Yorker piece (which was linked):

    In other words, he may well win another term, and, come next January, it would be a good idea for him, not to mention the rest of us, to have some idea of what he’s going to do.

    Why, pray tell, does Obama have to have “some idea of what he is going to do?”

    He acts reflexively. He can’t predict what will occur to trigger his actions.

    Toobin expresses confidence that Obama will be reelected. If the Democrat/Progressive/statist/redistributionist machine is so powerful that it can reelect a ham sandwich, why do we have to know what is in the ham sandwich?

    Toobin does not have the gonads to be honest. He can only tap dance around the truth. Toobin can not bring himself to admit that Obama has lost his consequence, his importance, his authenticity, his worth, his cachet.

    Toobin, reflexively, knows that Obama is satisfied to stumble, unimpeachable, through four more years of golfing, goading, inciting and grandeur. Toobin understands that Obama, as yet, has not tired of casting his shadow and being a parade.

    Poor Toobin and his ilk are locked into buoying up this lead balloon of a President because they made him. They declared his mind to be superior to almost any other. They allowed him to promise to change the sea levels. They let him insist on propelling traffic on solar rays. They let him talk our way to a new peace and understanding in the Middle East. They praised him for personally capturing Osama. They ignored his deficit records and winked at three years or no budgets and shrugged at the mess that is Obamacare.

    Now they think the man should have a plan? C’mon, Toobin, he’s your mountebank. At least have either the courtesy to admit that his elixir is mostly moose pee or boldly stick with the program and claim it has cured you of aging and male pattern balding.

    Toobin is linguini.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 19, 2012 @ 9:42 am - April 19, 2012

  2. Helio – you write of Obama’s “accomplishments” as if they’re a problem. He and his fellow travelers may be quite pleased with their record so far.

    If Obama went on TV tonight and stated that all was going to plan and that, with the flexibility he will have after the election, he planned to double down, do you think it will matter?

    Just happened to glance at the TV at McD’s which is tuned to Fox News. The graphic was a poll of single women: they favor Obama 2:1. If the electorate had any sense, the polls would show a yellow dog beating Obama in a landslide.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — April 19, 2012 @ 11:45 am - April 19, 2012

  3. SoCalRobert,

    I take your point, however, my blast was at Toobin.

    Frankly, I have great fear that the “Democrat/Progressive/statist/redistributionist machine is so powerful that it can reelect Obama whether or not he comes out as a Marxist, lies his pants off, and just prances from high school gym to junior college stage and planned and planted venues in between.

    His appeal has reached critical mass.

    Toobin’s strange idea that” it would be good for “us” (“us”=Toobin’s nattering coterie of liberal pundits) to have some idea of what he is going to do” is farce. As you point out, Obama is going to have enormous support from some sectors no matter what he does.

    What I do not think is likely is that he can go full blown socialist and statist and pick up more dispirited progressives than the moderate votes he would lose by going down that road.

    It is also likely that he has been dropping Reagan’s name as a move to try to hang on to the fleeing moderate voters.

    The single women poll is only useful when it is viewed in each of the fifty states. (Fifty seven states for Obama.) It is the states he has to win and if his single women strength is concentrated in states he is already going to carry by default, they are a non issue.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 19, 2012 @ 1:27 pm - April 19, 2012

  4. Obama was elected by the vast majority of liberals for two reasons:

    1) Black skin

    2) Not Bush

    People like Toobin never looked past those to see things like his lack of qualifications, his inability to say anything without a teleprompter, and his entire education/social circle being made up of racist, violent, and incompetent cronies.

    This was why their first response when these things became apparent was to play the race card. This was why their second response was to blame Bush. And this is why their third response is to beg and plead with their Lightworker that he actually develop the competence that he has never in his life previously shown.

    Obama’s election has been a gift from heaven to Republicans and conservatives for two reasons: one, it has completely destroyed any illusion of the Obama Party, formerly known as the Democrat Party, being a group of principled or sane people, and two, it has completely destroyed any illusion of the media’s objectivity, truthfulness, or honesty.

    The Obama Party is going to have to repudiate their racist Messiah and lurch ridiculously to the right to even come within sight of most voters again. They will still have their screaming, welfare-addicted base, but said base is sitting on a maxed-out race card, videos of it taking dumps on cop cars, and examples of it having hissy fits because it can’t retire on a king’s pension at age 47 — and thus has zero credibility with the vast majority of voters.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 19, 2012 @ 1:51 pm - April 19, 2012

  5. Helio – looks like I missed your point the first time… I hope you’re right (ditto for NDT). I just cannot get over the fact that O’s base is as large as it is… his relatively high numbers are one of the few things left that still amaze me.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — April 19, 2012 @ 2:04 pm - April 19, 2012

  6. 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.

    Obama is running on his record? Ha! I wish. His record is miserable, which is why he is running on nothing more than distractions and obfuscations (such as the war on women and the Trayvon Martin murder).

    Comment by Rattlesnake — April 19, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - April 19, 2012

  7. You’re absolutely correct, Rattlesnake. Although I’d write the last part this way: (….. “war on women” and the Trayvon Martin shooting).

    Comment by Jman1961 — April 20, 2012 @ 6:38 am - April 20, 2012

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