It helps to think like Mitch McConnell... for all the attention it will consume, there is no way the super-committee can deliver... Once Obama sees that this struggle for power ensures no substantive progress in the next 15 months, he has two alternatives. He can campaign small — via Mediscare and fresh taxes on millionaires and billionaires, while demonizing the GOP candidate as “worse” — and hope to squeak across the finish line.See, Mr. Armchair Campaign Operative over here is going to give an electoral lecture to the man who defeated two political machines and inherent, institutional political racism to become the first black President of the United States. Also, he is going to presuppose the success or failure of the Congressional committee which has just been formed. Because, you know, Mitch McConnell.
Or he can go big — with mega-plans for jobs, education, infrastructure, and research and development, while calling out GOP nihilism as the obstacle. [...]
Frankly, this is why the American people are fed up with the beltway. The reason is people like Matt Miller who have lived in the beltway bubble for so long that they cannot see beyond it. Miller wants the President of the United States, 15 months removed from the election, to focus on coming up with a political message for the election - which, incidentally, Matt Miller will tell him - rather than focusing on real, workable solutions for the American people.
Hey, Mr. Miller, have you been paying attention? The President and the administration have been laying out a jobs agenda, working on education reform (see Race to the Top and granting waivers to states from Bush's "No Child Left Behind"), and on research and development. In other words, all the things you want him to do. So what's your problem again?
And the president has been calling out the GOP's nihilism. I didn't hear you lose your voice last year trying to warn the American people against handing the key back to the Republicans, Mr. Miller. It was President Obama who stood up against the Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare and ended any hope of that surviving. It was President Obama's call to the nation that jammed Congress' phone lines and crashed Congress' web servers during the debt limit heat. What did you do to "call out the GOP nihilism," Matt Miller?
The reason the American people are disgusted and that we have a dysfunctional system is that people like Matt Miller believe that we elect Presidents and other elected officials to sit around and ponder how they are going to win the next election rather than lay a foundation for the next generation. We have a dysfunctional system because within the beltway, views like Matt Miller's that we elect Presidents to give speeches rather than to govern abound and are taken as "conventional wisdom." And many, if not most, people in Washington DC buy into that garbage, including elected officials. Hence, the self-fulfilling prophecy and the grinding to halt of the American system of government.
So no, the Left isn't "fed-up" with President Obama. But the American people are fed up and disgusted for what passes for journalism and conventional wisdom in our nation's capital. Case in point: Matt Miller.
Incumbent presidents are re-elected based on what they are able to accomplish for the American people - or at least, that is the way it should be. That is how this President intends to do that. You don't have to tell Barack Obama about big ideas, Mr, Miller. Step back from your condescending attitude for a second and realize that this President put more big ideas into practice than you beltway folks can ever dream of.
Among this president's big-ideas-that-have-now-happened category: Health care reform (including the largest expansions of Medicaid and SCHIP ever), Wall Street reform, credit card reform, student loan reform, the biggest economic stimulus since FDR, single-handedly rescuing the American auto industry, the first-ever federal consumer protection agency, repealing discrimination against gays in the military, education reform, putting the way government spends your money online for everyone to see and promoting unprecedented transparency, a smart national security policy that is winding down the war even while taking out bin Laden, I could go on and on and on. So please, one more time, stop lecturing Barack Obama about big ideas. You ought to know better.
Mr. Miller, here's some advice for you. Go fix your own beltway house first, and drop the condescension and the disrespect of President Obama.. Find out why your colleagues in the beltway media will not seriously cover the GOP's Jobs Blockade. Instead of giving condescending lectures to the President, try and fix your own trade - the media. That will do you some good.