Originally Posted by MJ1970
There are other reasons to be skeptical of a Clintonian comeback for Obama. Chief among this is attitude. Clinton was (and is a brilliant politician
.) He seemed to truly understand the political gamesmanship. He was also enamored with being President and largely unprincipled, so jettisoning any "principles" or "values" he held in order to change and adjust for re-election was probably a no-brainer for him.
I have no love for Clinton, but he was a masterful politician (as well as a consummate liar). He could have been remembered as a great statesman though - if only he had kept his pants zipped. Other than being enamored with being President, there is no
comparison to Obama. None. He may have been a leftist, but in the end, Clinton was pragmatic. He opposed the Republican dominated Congress after 1994, but eventually realized the futility of doing so. In the light of increasing public disapproval, he wisely concluded he had more to gain by working with
them. Obama will not.
I don't see the Rs bending to Obama's will either. They have more to gain by remaining entrenched in the principles that got them elected, illustrating at every opportunity the reasons Republicans need the White House and
Obama seems like a different story. First there seems to be a profound arrogance and smugness about him. He seems to have something of a "I'm the king of the world" attitude. This is revealed in more than one statement he's made to the opposition party. His overall political "strategy" has been to blame others when things go wrong and take credit when things go right.
I must have missed the part about things going right
Finally, he's just convinced he's right (about almost everything) and that those who are opposed to what he thinks and does are simply irrational, fearful, etc. He seems much less likely to adjust for re-election.
If you don't agree with Obama, you're stupid, irrational, racist, uninformed, and clinging to your guns and religion: Julian Robertson: Obama Is Cocky And Always Thinks He's The Smartest Man In The Room
. If all else fails just blame Bush.
The real question is whether he will stay to "fight the good fight" or simply walk away to avoid an embarrassing election ass-kicking that renders him not much more than a historical footnote (and cautionary tale.)
Given O's supersized ego, what's more likely: retiring at the top of his game, so he can continue to lecture us, nose in the air and index finger pointed skyward at $500,000 per speech, or flight a bloody reelection campaign, with the Democrats wondering... what was so bad about Hillary?