Last October, I asked What could Obama accomplish in a second term? Two months later, I wonder if he had anything planned should he win reelection. Even, as I blogged last month, a liberal pundit is wondering what’s on the Democrat’s agent after November 6.
Asking what Obama’s second term would look like, Commentary’s Alana Goodman quipped, “At this point, the American people have no idea, and Obama doesn’t seem to either.” To back up her point, she cites Zeke Miller’s BuzzFeed post with this observation from Democratic pollster Doug Schoen:
[The Obama Democrats] have no clear message or overarching theme other than class warfare and attack politics. . . . They don’t have a vision for the second term. No clear sense as to what the Administration is offering for a second term. There is widespread dissatisfaction with both parties and both candidates in primary results [Tuesday] — and no clear idea how Obama is going to unite the county and lead us forward.”
Schoen’s words conclude Miller’s piece on the Obama campaign’s loss of confidence. Perhaps, the disappearance of their arrogance will cause the Democrats to fight harder.
That, however, wasn’t what happened when the Obama team suffered similar anxiety in the 2008 presidential campaign. They may have a tougher time fighting back this time around. Market meltdowns tend to work against the party in power.