Originally Posted by jimmac
I've often thought this myself. Before the election I was discussing this with a friend. He seemed to think that Hillary would a be a better choice right now given the situation. Obama is a dreamer ( not that some of his dreams aren't the right direction ). What we need most now is someone who's a doer. Someone who will tackle today's problems and address what needs to be done. I felt that Hillary for many reasons may have been better at that ( there have even been articles about her being Obama's " Bad Cop " given that she doesn't have to present a compliant face ). Also you probably ( sadly ) realize the same smear campaign used on Obama by the Republicans would be even worse with a Woman.
Which of course brings me to the subject that Obama should worry less about how he appears being the first Black president or being compliant. He should just make a stand and follow through with it. And if someone doesn't like it that's tough. In many ways he's just being too nice over a lot of issues. I'd love to hear him say : " This is what we're doing and don't vote for me next time if you don't like it! " ( Republicans think he's already that way but they don't know how different things would be if he really was ). But he tries to not ruffle too many feathers and reach across the aisle to the Republicans who don't even see it or realize it. That's why I think we don't see positive action on ending the war in Afganistan. If he went the other way the Republicans would say he's being too soft and blame every terrorist bombing that occurs after that on him.
So he's trying to get every peice of legislation passed while he can instead of picking his priorities and " focusing like a laser beam " on the important issues at hand. Instead he's everywhere. What is it Frodo said in " The Lord Of The Rings "? " Like butter being spread too thinly over a piece of bread ".
To a certain extent, I agree with you. I think he is using the whole "well the minority party would get their pants in a knot" excuse for not being more "gung-ho" in his approach. And I think Bush used that same excuse when he was in power for not tackling issues like securing the border and immigration reform.
I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing (making excuses for inaction or lack of focus), although it is usually perceived as such by the party who has their guy in office. It makes me grateful for the 2 party system - broken and corrupt as it is. For without it, who knows what radical junk would have been foisted upon us from both sides?
At this point, however, I don't think there is much meaningful difference between the 2 big-box parties. No matter which one has been in power over the past several decades, the result has been the same: bigger government.
(And it was Bilbo who had the bread and butter quote. Fantastic movies, IMO).