If ever one needed proof of the unsuitability of Barack Obama for the presidency, that proof was visible for the world to see today in Minneapolis. Accusing the GOP of a “block me and call me names strategy,” Obama may have thought he was “going Bulworth” but he was really unleashing his spoiled, petulant two year old.
President Obama says he’s been itching to “say what’s on my mind” about Republicans in Washington. And today on the banks of Lake Harriet he let loose, turning an official event on the economy into a rally for Democrats in the midterm campaign.
“So far this year Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every single idea to strengthen the middle class,” Obama told a crowd of 3,500.
“Don’t boo,” he quipped. “I want you to vote.”
The fact that Obama has ceased to have the ability to do anything is due to no one but himself. Without recounting history, from 2008 to 2010, when the Democrat party controlled both House and Senate, Obama treated Republicans with total disdain… much as he treats them today. The difference is that with the senile Harry Reid leading the Senate and the desiccated Nancy Pelosi ensconced as Speaker, Obama got anything he wanted. The best example of this is a Democrat majority marching lockstep over the cliff in order to give Obama his health care plan.
With the elections of 2010, the constitutional balance was righted and he now has to negotiate with Congress to pass legislation. Apparently, "constitutional scholar" that he is he conceives of the separation of powers as nonsense and the role of the Congress is to do whatever it is told to do.
The real issue is that Obama simply doesn’t have a clue about how lead or how to work with people. From his speech:
And my message to Republicans is: Join us. Get on board. If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, then why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together? (Applause.) We’ll do it together. I’m happy to share the credit. You’re mad at me for doing some things to raise the minimum wage, let’s pass a law -- Republicans and Democrats giving America a raise.
If you’re mad at me for taking executive action to make it easier for women to find out if they’re not getting treated fairly in the workplace, let’s do it together. You can share the credit. (Applause.) You’re worried about me trying to fix a broken immigration system, let’s hold hands and go ahead and make sure that this country continues to be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. I want to work with you, but you’ve got to give me something. You’ve got to try to deliver something -- anything. (Applause.)
His idea of cooperation is the GOP doing what he wants. It never crosses his mind that most economists don’t think raising the minimum wage is a good idea. It never occurs to him that many, if not most, people believe the existing legal regime for employers is sufficiently expensive and intrusive without adding more. He can’t understand that immigration is dead not because the GOP doesn’t want to do something but because the GOP does not trust him to enforce the laws that we have in place.
This is piled on top of his outrageous duplicity in Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, Benghazi, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, voting rights enforcement, etc.
While I am generally of the feeling that Speaker Boehner’s pledged lawsuit is more a show for conservatives than a real action, the stated reason for the suit is that Obama has not faithfully enforced the laws of the nation. The hubris that lets a man complain of being sued because he isn’t trustworthy and then turns around and asks his opponents to trust him simply beggars the imagination.