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Monday, July 19, 2010

With Future Bleak: Obama Looks to the Past

If you've been following along recently, you know that the administration is attempting to frame November of 2010, not as a referendum of their own policies but as a choice.

"We already tried the other side’s ideas. We already know where their theories led us. And now we have a choice as a nation,” Obama said. “We can return to the failed economic policies of the past, or we can keep building a stronger future. We can go backward, or we can keep moving forward. I don’t know about you, but I want to move forward."

President Obama has even taken to using his ditch metaphor again.

Republicans Drove the Car into the Ditch and Now They Want the Keys Back and, When They Get Them, Next Time They'll Drive it Off a Cliff!

It's a sign of his panic and desperation that this is happening. By November, the president will have been in office for nearly two years and he hopes the voters will choose Democrats because they hated Republican policies until 2008.

With deficits at astronomical levels, unemployment hovering at 10%, and the economy barely growing after a very deep recession, I'd want to talk about anything but my own performance as well. Still, does President Obama really think that the Democrats can win by running against the Republican record of 2008. If that were true, Republicans, following 1928, would have never won.

No one doubts that Republican performance circa 2008 was awful but that's much of the reason he was elected. He promised better days and things have only gotten worse. Now, he wants to run against the past. I guess that's all he has left.

1 comment:

AG said...

"If that were true, Republicans, following 1928, would have never won."

That's a bit far fetched, isn't it? To say that Americans won't remember Bush from 2 years ago because they don't remember Hoover from 82 years ago?

And besides, its not like Americans weren't turned off from the Republicans for a substantial amount of time after '28. Heck, there are probably still some southerners who haven't forgiven the Republicans for Abraham Lincoln yet.