Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Passivity has consequences -Updated

I really do hate polls, but it's worth noting this new CBS survey shows "nearly 7 in 10 believe President Obama has not made real progress in fixing the economy." This isn't shocking because it's true.

The reason he hasn't made any progress is because in an doomed from the start strategy of going for what was possible under the mistaken notion that voters would reward "bipartisan" results, President Obama adopted the GOP policy prescriptions rather than fight like hell for policy that restored the Democratic party's former populist stance.

People voted for Obama in 2008 because they thought he would fight for FDR style New Deal programs. That he would fight for the working people rather than the corporate oligarchs. Until recently that didn't happen.

But it's not too late. His newly aggressive narrative is resonating. All he has to do is follow through and not let the GOP and Blue Dogs bully him into passive acceptance of bad choices. The jobs bill will be a big test. If he stands his ground and accepts no less than an up or down vote on the full bill, his re-election would likely be assured - regardless of the outcome of the vote on the bill.

Update: Forgot to add there were more questions in that poll. Most important to the question at hand, a majority favors raising taxes on millionaires to ease the deficit. This, of course, reinforces numerous previous polling on that question.

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