How The GOP Is Handing President Obama a Victory in 2012
October 11, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Tomorrow will mark three weeks out of the next election across the country, and if you’re paying attention, I mean really paying attention you are seeing a clean and present danger: The Republican Party.
Or are you?
The GOP, even using the insipidly moronic Tea Party as a tool (and they are a tool), to play sleight of hand with the national agenda and the national priorities have once again been keenly surgical in their ongoing bashing of President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership. They have, by any account, been at least good at, if not masterful at, surgically slicing up the American movement that demanded we move forward after the 2008 elections.Although I had hoped that as a country we would not allow the usurping of what we voted for in 2008, it has become clear that real change represented by President Obama and his vision has been hijacked. Or has it?
Clearly, if we can trust the polls, and that is NOT a given, we see that the electorate will take away the Democrat’s gains in 2008, but the electorate will be doing this at their own peril, and I will explain why.
While the GOP has been exceptionally obstructionist in their mamby pamby whining, President Obama has effectively led a nation into the future instilling real change that will prove to be for the better.
Health Care reform, although not perfect is an improvement over what was there for the millions of our neighbors who had none. Bank regulations and credit card rip off schemes have finally been addressed with real and devastating effect on those industries. Two Supreme Court Appointments that stymied the minority in the Senate were major victories.
President Obama has not sat back and taken the drilling that he is pounded with daily and whether you have been paying attention or not, we have seen progress in moving an agenda forward in spite of an economic disaster that was designed to perfection by George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and the Republican Party.
There will be Democrat losses in three weeks, history almost demands that in mid term elections, and what the GOP is not counting on is perfect timing for this president. How? With Rahm Emmanuel gone and a different kind of leadership advising the president what we will see is a leader in Obama that will find ways to move this country forward. In essence, what Obama will do will not only place the American people in a better situation both domestically but internationally he will do it with the help of the GOP.
The GOP, in their ill advised attempt to wrestle control of the American agenda is actually giving Obama a clear path to reelection. Republicans can’t lead as they have demonstrated in the past two years. Minority leader in the House John Boehner has not once provided a vision or a plan for progress in this country. And, almost remarkably, I would venture to guess that the vast majority of Americans cannot even name the minority leader in the Senate (Mitch McConnell). The GOP is irrelevant, period.
Although Democrats must do better in the way they lead and the way they move forward, it will be the GOP who must now start to do more than complain, and that is why they lose in 2012. Once the spotlight is back on the GOP they will be forced to go back to work. Work is not something they do well, as we have learned in the disaster that was the GWB years.
With that said, there is always a chance the electorate will get it correct and keep the balance the way it currently stands, but I am a realist and I don’t see that happening right now, but what I do see makes me smile. I have a president that is not afraid to dream out loud and I see an opposing party that keep eating their own young. Maybe the change we were hoping for hasn’t arrived quite yet, but it’s coming and I’m enjoying the view from here.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.