Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama's Catch 22?

Can the US President break the GOP's solid as a rock "defensive" game since Day 1 of his Presidency and promote bipartisanship in the House and more crucially, the Senate?

IMO, it looks highly unlikely the way things are.

An excerpt from his State of the Union (SOTU) speech:
"... Washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, is just part of the game. But it is precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the American people...."

Are Americans sick of the divisive stances especially by the GOP? How can one have a convincing answer to that?

In his speech, Obama claimed that Americans (voters) have shared needs, eg a job, a future for their children, etc. Yes, but, IMO, that does not mean they agree on the more specifics of these needs. Eg one would think that most Americans would want a universal health care system. But they do not, it seems. It also seems that these days in the US there are as many different "mindsets" and "worldviews" as there are people (300 million!!!?? - OK, I am exaggerating, but to make a point).

As I claimed in an earlier post, IMO the Pres is great on generics, but appears to be lacking in what is indeed very hard these days, to "sell" a policy and to have and explain a set of inter-connecting policies (economy, jobs, healthcare, environment, trade, etc) to the people, because that is de facto very difficult for anyone to do.

It is much easier to oppose, say no, find faults in others' policies than to formulate policy in the US and the rest of the world today, IMO. Always has been, but it is even harder in this global world and due to the basket of crises and problems Obama inherited.

In such strange times we live in it is easier for people to know what they do not want than to know what they want. And although they had very high expectations from the new President, it has proved easy for them to lose confidence, especially in view of the GOP's Grand Defense in the last 12 months, a "firewall" like rejection of the President's policy proposals, in spite of his attempts to reach consensus.

Do the people want consensus between the 2 parties or do they want solutions to their problems? IMO, the latter. Catch 22, IMO.

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