SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Mon May-23-11 11:21 PM
Why Obama is Kicking Ass
Obama is kicking ass because the Democratic Party simply has a better handle on political reality these days. Democratic ideas are actually vetted; they aren't simply kicked from think tanks to legislators the way Republican ideas are. Obama plays what he calls the long game which is to say he sees opportunities before they reach popular consciousness. That's why some pundits are accusing Obama of ensnaring the Republicans in the Ryan budget trap.
Here's the argument:
Did Obama sucker punch the GOP? By letting the Republicans go first, led recklessly into the breach by Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand fan who could be counted on to go much further in abandoning the social welfare safety net than most Americans are willing to contemplate, Obama made room for the Democrats to launch a vicious counter-attack: Republicans want to cut taxes for the wealthy while reducing healthcare coverage for seniors. It's nasty and partisan, sure, but it also happens to be true. The battle lines for the 2012 election instantly snapped into place, and Republicans are suddenly fighting from a surprisingly weak position. If that was the plan all along, then maybe this Obama "long game" talk has some meat to it.
Democrats are winning the current political chess games because their thinking is several moves ahead. Republicans are lazily awaiting the return of some Ronald Reagan figure, and they don't know what they're going to do if one doesn't appear. Did Obama lay a trap for them? No he didn't. If the Republicans hadn't run off all their intellectuals, they might have seen the Ryan budget disaster coming. Now they are stuck with a cast of characters that simply isn't up to speed. It serves them right.