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Joe Guzzardi President Obama's leftist agenda leaves incumbent Democrats vulnerable

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Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Thu Jul 22, 2010.

Barack Obama is the accidental president. Having little meaningful political experience is the best and perhaps the only explanation for Obama's numerous head-first plunges into the cold and murky water that will turn Congress over to the Republicans in November.

In 2004, Obama had mere token Republican opposition in his Senate election and won by default. And after eight years of the disastrous Republican George W. Bush and an inept 2008 campaign by GOP candidate John McCain, all Obama had to do to get elected was look and sound presidential. Thanks to his teleprompter, Obama coasted.

Since Obama took office, he's done few of the things that he promised, especially about job creation. And Obama has ignored middle-right Americans, the voting bloc who got him elected in the first place.

You continuously read that Obama owes Latinos for his ascendancy to the White House. Sorry, that's wrong. Latinos historically vote for the Democrat. Independent white voters put Obama where he is today. Yet he continues to ignore his majority-makers.

Obama doesn't know how to play the political game.

Using smoke and mirrors, Obama rammed an unpopular health care bill through Congress. Obama's ratings are sinking under the combined weight of his costly, futile Afghanistan war and his mismanagement of the BP/Gulf of Mexico oil crisis.

A more savvy politician would assess the mounting Democratic body count around him that includes but is not limited to New Jersey Senator Jon Corzine and Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter. Since neither Corzine nor Specter could win their primary and Massachusetts elected a Republican Senator in its special election to replace ultra-liberal Teddy Kennedy, you'd think Obama would be worried about the nationwide rejection of his agenda.

But instead of running safely to the center, where he would be doing not only himself but his incumbent Democratic allies a favor, Obama moves ever further to the left.

Through his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama let the message go forth that he's "considering" a lawsuit to block Arizona's S.B. 1070, the bill that would allow police under certain circumstances to request from immigrants proof of legal residency.

Clinton's announcement alone is poison for Democrats. First, she undiplomatically made her major domestic policy statement in a foreign country, Ecuador. And second, Clinton also overstepped her authority since Attorney General Eric Holder is responsible for the country's legal affairs.

Before weighing the Arizona challenge in terms of its political risks against its potential merits, the Obama administration racked up two quick strikes in the public's eye.

Now let's look at the facts: America is angry. The federal government, as represented by Obama and the Democratic Congress, is its biggest target.

Although S.B. 1070 is limited in its scope to Arizona, Americans overwhelmingly support it for reasons ranging from the basic illegality of illegal immigration to the alarming rise in violent crime it causes in murders, carjackings and kidnappings throughout the state, but mostly in Phoenix and Tucson.

When Americans look at Arizona, they unknowingly may be thinking of what former House Speaker Dennis Hastert said after his 2006 U.S. tour on border security: "Every state is a border state, and every city is a border city."

If the White House sues Arizona, it will, as it always does, wave the flag of high moral authority on immigration to promote its non-stop amnesty agenda.

But voters will view the suit with much more cynicism. In the public eye, Arizona has been forced to act because the federal government under both Republican and Democratic administrations has refused to enforce immigration law. People will wonder what Arizonans have done to deserve to be punished when it's the federal government who is the guilty party.

Unless he is willing to be a one-term president like Jimmy Carter, Obama should continue with extreme caution for his remaining two years.

Polling done in March indicated that if the November elections took place then, Democrats would lose every Senate and gubernatorial office they hold throughout the 10 midwestern states, including the pivotal Ohio.

For Obama to win re-election in 2012 without carrying the Midwest would be quite a feat. No amount of Obama smooth talk can make up for lost electoral votes in those key swing states.

Joe Guzzardi retired from the Lodi Unified School District in 2008. He now lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he took great satisfaction in Senator Arlen Specter's recent primary defeat. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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13 comments:

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 12:38 am on Sat, Jul 3, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2323

    Michael Naatus, perhaps you haven't been paying attention. Those on the left who have heretofore been staunch supporters of President Obama are starting to rethink the hype behind the "hope and change" that we've actually received as opposed to what many thought would come.

    Since the left is greener than those in the middle or right, Obama's dithering insofar as the Gulf Oil Calamity is concerned has clearly revealed the man for what he truly is - nothing more than many of us knew him to be - just a politician who must take good advantage of a crisis. But this time he underestimated everyone.

    Will this issue actually be his Waterloo? Perhaps not all by itself. But once well-meaning (but misguided) lefties finally come to their senses, I suspect many will look toward someone else come 2012.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 4:38 pm on Mon, Jun 28, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2323

    Someone wrote, "Of course the debate will rage on foreverif (sic) it was GW or BO who really wanted to be King."

    I don't see much debate at all. "King" or "Dictator," it's often difficult to tell the difference. I never witnessed anything with Bush that would suggest either other than an unexplainable sense of laziness during his last two years in office. But with this president's inclination toward subversion of the Constitution as well as the will of the people, there are those who would lean toward socialism; but from that point it's only a matter degree until despotism.

    Regardless of when this occurs, it will be "We the People" who will have ultimately failed. After all, we still have the right to vote; how we exercise that right in 2010 and 2012 will determine our ultimate destiny. We have arrived at a precipice – hopefully we’re all not lemmings.

     
  • posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    President Obama NEEDS all Democrat Voters Money!PLEASE BUY ALL OF HIS BOOKS!http://www.obamabook.org/index.html

     
  • posted at 9:28 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    rightcenter wrote on Jun 27, 2010 12:29 PM:" Accidental President? I think not!!He got voted in because 80% of Americans make their decisions from media sound bites or what the masses do."As this article states:"Since Obama took office, he's done few of the things that he promised, especially about job creation. And Obama has ignored middle-right Americans, the voting bloc who got him elected in the first place".Every politician says EXACTLY what Large voting blocks (WANT TO HEAR) solely to get their vote!Boot Every democrat out on Election day!

     
  • posted at 9:25 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Since Obama took office, he's done few of the things that he promised, especially about job creation. And Obama has ignored middle-right Americans, the voting bloc who got him elected in the first place.ONLY the Democrats were Naive enough to vote for a Senator who spent most of his MINIMAL craeer running for the office of President.Will you voted for him so don't whine and complain.Thanks to you Demcrat LIBERALS... you have helped Obama make $5 Million dollars last year off his books!Do you really think he cared about any of us?The hispanic vote got him into office and so did the gay vote because he promised to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; and promised that hispanic illegals would be handed total Amnesty.There is still time for Obama to accomplish both of these tasks so don't dwell on depression too harshly Democrats.

     
  • posted at 7:29 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Accidental President? I think not!!He got voted in because 80% of Americans make their decisions from media sound bites or what the masses do.Lets rewind the Lodi News Sentinel to 18 months ago,it was overwelming slanting their political views to the left,now like all other spineless media outlets moving toward what sells/people want to hear.It was common sence Obama was going to flop,he has spent his whole political career running for office,He is now running for president of the planet,after that president of the glaxy,after that president of the universe

     
  • posted at 7:07 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Sad that it took the monumental horrific disaster that is barry obama to wake up america.

     
  • posted at 5:27 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Joe wrote:People will wonder what Arizonans have done to deserve to be punished when it's the federal government who is the guilty party.-Indeed,Many Phoenicians do wonder. As they also wonder why the latest crime sweep at a Sanitation facility here (where Illegalshad stolen identities to get drivers licenses) by Arpaio is appalling by La Razaand the Civil Liberties Union. And we can speculate that many of those SS#'s were sold on the Black Market after being purchased from employees working in the SS Admin. to make a few extra bucks.Many of these SS#'s may prove to be be from deceased individuals. A common practice.

     
  • posted at 5:17 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Unlike Obama, GW only had a very sutbleamount of decree when he was President.Of course the debate will rage on foreverif it was GW or BO who really wanted to be King.

     
  • posted at 2:49 am on Sun, Jun 27, 2010.

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    And after eight years of the disastrous Republican George W. Bush Actually, disastrous things did happen during his administration, and definitely, he made many mistakes as all presidents do, but I think we were fortunate to have GW in control during that time. Obama really makes GW look better and better. \I can only assume that would choose these words to make your self more believable

     
  • posted at 5:17 pm on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    Well written article- Yes!

     
  • posted at 1:43 pm on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    A thought provoking read, Joe; excellent.

     
  • posted at 8:52 am on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    The best thing you can say about Obama is that he's caused a rebirth of conservatism in the US. The latest Gallup poll shows more people calling themselves conservatives today than since they first started tracking it, 18 years ago. Only 1 in 5 people polled would call themselves liberal. Obama has driven the middle back to the other side.

     

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