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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Head, meet oven
Posted by Jill | 10:13 PM
Life is too short to spend Sunday mornings watching the Sabbath Gasbag shows. Digby explains why:
In case you were wondering, the consensus on all the Sunday gasbag shows is that Obama is an abject failure because of his radical leftist ideology and that his only hope of even maintaining the presidency, much less winning a second term is to take a sharp turn to the right and enact the Republican agenda. Several commentators, including such luminaries as political cross dresser Matthew Dowd on ABC, insisted that the first thing the president has to do is pick a huge fight with the Democrats to show the country that he isn't one of them. Cokie said he should have asked John McCain from the beginning what he was allowed to do.

The historians and expert political observers on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show all agreed that Obama is no Reagan, a president who never governed ideologically and always worked across party lines. Oh, and he needs to be a president or a prime minister, but nobody could agree on exactly what that means except that he should try to be more like Scott Brown, the white Barack Obama, except without all the liberalism.

Oddly, the Republicans weren't mentioned, although Robert Caro did note that Obama inherited something of a mess. Peggy Noonan said he ran to win not to govern and they all agreed that was a brilliant observation. Zakaria did point out that Obama had a higher approval rating at this stage than both Reagan and Clinton and that the two Bush's were higher at this point because of wars and they all stared for a moment and then went on about centrism and prime ministers again.

The Village has officially turned. I'm guessing they'll be calling for his resignation by July.

I don't think it's even going to take that long. My guess is that by the end of March they'll all be congratulating themselves at how the turned a promising Democratic president into a weakass Republican one. But a Republican is what they wanted all along. Chris Matthews' fickle thrill-leg threw them off for a while.

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Blogger Barry said...
Yes, Clinton had lower poll numbers at this point in his first term, but he also salvaged his presidency by tacking to the right, so I think that example actually reinforces their thesis.

Blogger Steve said...
Did anyone think to save some of Reagan's DNA for the day cloning expands past favorite pet potential?