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Tag Archives: Barack Obama
David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley have tried to mask their attack on the White House with the glow of constitutional cover. But their language betrays them. Their advocacy for giving the one House of Congress standing to sue the President is really nothing more than another chapter in the ideological combat that passes for discourse in today’s Washington.
Things should be looking up for Charlie Baker. He heads into the Republican convention this Saturday with only a Tea Party opponent. As the five Democratic candidates scramble toward their own convention, one thing is sure: none of them can match the charismatic appeal of Deval Patrick. But then the master of political poetry has endured multiple calamities attending the prose of governing: the Department of Children and Families, the medical marijuana licensing controversy, and now the news that the state is firing CGI, the contractor that bungled the state’s health care connector system. It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good and managerial wizard Baker is poised to take advantage of Governor Patrick’s administrative woes.
Unless it doesn’t matter; and it may not due to the increasing electoral polarization of the country that has resulted in gubernatorial results closely tracking presidential outcomes in each state. That is the case made by Prof. Dan Hopkins of Georgetown University in a fivethirtyeightpolitics.com post, All Politics is Presidential.
I can’t add much to the debate swirling around the decision of the White House to have the President sit down with Zach Galifianakis. Mostly because I’m a big fan of the latter’s type of humor.
What does it say about our modern politicians when the most (only?) memorable part of the annual State of the Union address is the introduction of a certifiable hero siting in the gallery?
Back on November 17 my colleague Professor Ubertaccio wrote in The President’s Neustadtian Nightmare that President Obama’s “legacy on the issue of health care reform will not be made, or saved, by a series of stump speeches. It will be secured by a much more sober, mundane reality: a website that works and an administrative state that matches presidential promises.” The post was insightful and accurate.
So my attention was recently caught by a similar argument made by political scientist Professor William Galston in the Wall Street Journal, An Executive Without Energy. There has been some comparison made between the rollout of Obamacare and the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina. Professor Galston compares the ACA debacle with the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ouch.
The President is caught in a Neustadtian reality.
Or perhaps a Neustadtian nightmare.
The President should continue to say no to any continuing resolution that seeks to change the Affordable Care Act. He should also continue to refuse to accept anything other than a clean debt ceiling vote. Future presidents, Republican and Democrat, will thank him. So will history.
On a day to day basis, a President has two strengths: his use of his calendar—how he uses his time—and his choice of words.
Yesterday, President Obama made good use of both.
Ed Markey has never been known as a charismatic, smooth talking, crowd pleaser. In his ongoing campaign for the US Senate, he has made no effort to persuade voters that he is.
The latest Suffolk University poll still has Ed Markey ahead of Gabriel Gomez but the lead has shrunk to seven points from seventeen in early May. What could be causing the decline in Markey’s position? The Suffolk University poll points to one man and it isn’t Ed Markey or Gabriel Gomez: it’s Barack Obama.