I know health insurance reform is now passed, but this is a different question that actually isn’t directly related to a signature. If the next presidential election were today, would I vote to re-elect President Obama?
Before giving my answer and reasons, I must say that I did not vote for either Senator McCain or President Obama in November 2008 because candidates must earn my vote. Also, keep in mind that through numerous posts on this site, I have demonstrated that I am not a partisan ideologue.
Regardless of the Republican opponent, if the next presidential election was today, I could not vote for President Obama for two main reasons.
First, he ran on being a bipartisan that unites; yet he has relied on the partisan Democratic leadership in Congress to exercise their bully pulpit. I continually point to the Economic Stimulus bill as an excellent opportunity to veto in order to set a tone. Although I do not approve the Republican “No” tactic, I will place much blame on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid link.
Secondly, to his credit, the President is willing to address big, important issues. On the other hand, his tactic seems more akin to the high school student who starts a major term paper the night before it is due and expects an A or B because of its timely completion. The overshadowing of his interest in doing something over doing something well is both obvious and unexpected to me.
David Brooks’ descriptions of President Obama from both the right and left perspective as right on because of the nature of partisan politics. On the other hand, I disagree with Brooks’ description of the president as a center-left pragmatic reformer because I have yet to see the “center” part of that equation.
So far, President Obama (and seemingly unknowingly) is on the path to one-term mediocrity. Maybe the best thing he needs for charting a new course is for Republicans to gain control of at least one Capitol Hill chamber.
A note to Republicans: At this point, regardless whom you run, at this point you do not have my vote because you remain clueless when it comes to meeting the needs of the people and the country. At least President Obama has a few more years to change my mind.