Were you in hiding for the last couple of months? Politically I mean. I was. As a full-fledged Obama supporter, I was beginning to wonder what my guy was really made of. I even started to take small sips of Fox News ‘coffee’. Then, just about three weeks after the Massachusetts debacle, I started to ask myself – are things really that bad for our side? Each day I began to see more signs of the P.R. tide turning against the Washington town criers of Armageddon – excuse me, the G.O.P.
Suddenly, Republicans began to agree to something – anything that was making its way through Congress in hopes of shedding the ‘Party of No’ label. The jobs bill, extension of unemployment benefits to long time unemployed workers, tax breaks for small business, even a sniff at reorganizing a Bush era crown jewel – No Child Left Behind. Why the sudden thaw? Could it be that once the Health Care Bill was signed into law, the G.O. P. began reading the same polls I was, and noticing that the drive to repeal ‘Obama care’ was not a sure fire ticket to election – or even re-election? Could it also be that Republicans had to have SOMETHING to take home to their constituents besides we were fighting for you and lost?
Norman J. Ornstein recently wrote a piece that carefully listed the recent accomplishments of POTUS 44 and how the majority of them were spawned by Moderate Republicans in some form or fashion. And while most of these things could be considered left of center, they were most definitely in the mainstream of where All our interests lie. Yet all the Republican pundits have denounced these things as crazy or radical. These same pundits would have a good deal more credibility if they had agreed with something Obama has done. No one – not even POTUS 43 did everything wrong. So how can you characterize – then protest government takeovers as ‘socialism’ now when two years ago you were crying for the government to do something?
We are all seeing the activity that is taking place at the Tea Party rallies and Republican Conservative Conferences. All of the keynote speakers seem to be saying the same thing – but with less fervor and more pointed rhetoric geared to their base. Where is the general message geared to Independents and Democrats? Could it be that they have no message for the rest of us? Do they actually believe that the changes we are now seeing will make us MORE likely to vote for them than before?
Remember that the changes we are seeing now will be a lot different as the weeks and months wear on. Will we see; a government collapse as some have predicted, our country attacked by enemies who now think we are weak because we only have 1,500 nuclear missiles in our arsenals – just like the Russians, healthcare costs rise astronomically? I’m sure we will have our answers in a few months – just as winter sets in. But until then, where IS their message and why – given their recent history, should I believe it?
What Ornstein’s article did for me was to reinforce and validate my belief that this President was actually working for ALL of us – not just the wealthy or the well positioned. But for the liberals, conservatives, tea drinkers (excuse me – partiers) AND the wealthy and well positioned. He is doing things that will keep us safe without having to apologize for it later. He has slowly worked behind the scenes to rebuild our economy – even though many of us are still out of work or working below our qualifications.
I have come to the conclusion – after six weeks in the darkness of Republicans’ nay saying and fear mongering, that we will be OK. So to the rest of you ground hogs – you can come out now. The six more weeks of winter are over.