Why Obama's Political Future is In Trouble
President Obama delivers a horrible weekly address. The President makes the claim that Republicans don't want to shutdown the government. This is a horribly stupid tactic. Republicans do want to shutdown government and when they do the GOP can replay Obama's statement.
Next week, Congress will focus on a short-term budget. For the sake of our people and our economy, we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have said they believe it’s important to keep the government running while we work together on a plan to reduce our long-term deficit.
The Obama White House has been giving happy talk about how a government shutdown was not going to happen. Now President Obama is urging Republicans to do what is in the President's best political interest. Obama has triangulated himself to take the blunt of the blame for a government shutdown. Obama's political cowardice is what helped the Republican Party pick up seats in 2010.
If Obama maintains his current political strategy and unemployment maintains at 9 percent, he will be a one-term president. Obama campaigned on improving the economy and winning the war in Afghanistan. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates said U.S. troops will be Afghanistan until 2014. The GDP needs to grow at 5 percent a month to even start to make a dent in unemployment. The GDP hasn't hit 3 percent in ages. The American electorate is not the blogosphere. Mainstream voters won't support the status quo Obama is maintaining.