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Not So Lame?

Updated on November 24, 2010

Dangerous When Cornered

 About two years ago, I watched the Republican Party struggle with the fact in the last two national elections, they had seen the American public reject their ideas.  It seemed to me that the party would need to abandon many of its ideas; creating fear, scapegoating 'outgroups', and convincing people to vote against their economic interests and support pro-corporate candidates.

The GOP, perhaps under some pressure from it's handlers, came up with another plan.  A plan involving first stirring up a tea pot of fear and anger, using mouthpieces like Beck and Limbaugh.  The second stage was to obstruct at any opportunity, often with no real alternative; this had the purpose of getting the younger people and GOP 'outgroups' to lose interest in the process.

This approach seems to have worked.  The House of Representatives is now back in the hands of the GOP and the Senate is even more girdlocked.  Many on the right are already calling Obama a "Lame Duck".  Never mind that history has shown that after midterm losses, the president often still wins re-election; "St. Ronnie" in 1984, and Clinton in 1996 are the two recent examples. 

History can repeat again, but it will take Obama realizing that the GOP is unwilling to compromise; their agenda is based completely on obstruction, and an effort to return to the ideas of the past that voters rejected in 2006 and 2008. 

A good first act would be for Obama to say that any efforts to repeal or rescind health insurance or financial reform will be vetoed.  This will show him to be the strong leader that people voted for in 2008.  It may also provide a resource to rally his virtual troops; much like what happened during the health insurance debate. 

Now lest he be compared to the arrogant hubris of his predecessor, he should also say that he'd be willing to accept modifications to these laws.  This would have the effect of showing the GOP's lack of ideas, besides those that their corporate handlers hand them.  This would be another way to show how the GOP is stuck in the ideas of the past.

A fact that the corporate media overlooked, and a fact that may make the fight easier for Obama, is that most of the Democratic losses in the House, and perhaps the Senate, were the more moderate Democrats.  The majority of Democrats in the House are members of the activist Progressive Caucus, and while Feingold lost his seat in Wisconsin, and Joe Sestak's bid in Pennsylvania failed, there is still a strong progressive contingent in the Senate.

One other thing, that would conjure up the populist themes of the 2008 Campaign, and further show a willingness to fight would be to see efforts to constrain the political power of corporations.  These forces saw Obama as a direct threat to their power and used their near-unlimited ability to influence to keep the tea pots boiling.  Working to pass something similar to the DISCLOSE act, which would make groups reveal their donors might help to show people who their being lead around by.  Such actions have popular support, and would go a long way in showing where the loyalty of the GOP and the 'Tea Party' types are. 

I've seen evidence in support of urging Obama to get back to basics from groups like MoveOn, TrueMajority and CredoAction.  One can only hope Obama will listen.


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    • smcopywrite profile image


      7 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for a nicely put together hub and very well said. i always enjoy truth in the world of politics instead of the fantasy that so many of us are treated to day in and day out.

    • cathylynn99 profile image


      7 years ago from northeastern US

      if the election were today, obama would win, according to polls.

    • Valentine Logar profile image

      Valentine Logar 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      As unfortunate as I think it is, Obama has shown he doesn't have the backbone to lead. The best he can do is step up, man up and say to his own and the opposition parties in the both Houses that he will not run again but that he will pursue his agenda ruthlessly for the remainder of his term. As part of this pursuit he will also see to it that anyone in his own party that doesn't fall in line is outed.

      Enough already with negotiation. Enough with giving in before it is necessary. Enough with kowtowing to the Right as if he were still on the plantation, he is the POTUS and with that comes authority. He needs to start using that authority within his own party, stop playing in the middle and start being the President.

    • garynew profile image


      8 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

      Although we disagree politically (duh), I agree with the basic premise of this. Obama's only real chance of re-election is pursuing his agenda ruthlessly and hoping it works. Which I think it won't and you probably think will. I don't think we'll ever find out, though.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      Don't lump AM with JT and the rest of the "Tea Brains".

      But thanks for showing what folks like Beck and Limbaugh won't tell their listeners.

    • EmgeeOnline profile image


      8 years ago

      AR and Jeremy,

      There have always been third party, independent, grass roots movements and politicians (example: Ross Perot etc.) However don't let the new “Teaparty” fool you. What may have started as independents and grass roots was highjacked by big business such as Koch Industries who saw an opportunity to use the movement to advance their self serving, big business agenda. Here is what Charles Lewis of The Center for Public Integrity said:

      "The Kochs are on a whole different level. There's no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I've been in Washington since Watergate, and I've never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times."

      Yeaaah , and we know that the conservatives are going to make some comment about his “Liberal bias”! Same old story... when you don't agree with someone, yell at them and call them a “LIBERAL”!

      Also, have you heard of some of the so-called “grass roots movement” websites and organizations such as Americans for Prosperity? Check out the founders of this organization; all with a self serving $$$$$ agenda. There are several out there that create these supposed “grass-roots, average American movements” but turn out to be astroturf PR propaganda machines.

      Here is also a video that you may find interesting exposing some of these supposed “grass roots movements”:

      Then you have networks such as FOX (who is supposed to be “fair and balanced” and was found out to have donated over 2 million dollars to teaparty/republican candidates) whose commentators and news reporters promote Tea party/conservative ideas, ideology and events.

      Jeremy, do yourself a favor and do some research on your own. As you may have read in some of my blogs, I was once very conservative and surrounded myself only with publications, friends and media with the same ideology; the same way that I see many today who refuse to watch anything but Fox. The Republican party of today is NOT the same as it was in the days of Lincoln or even RR for that matter. When you have leaders of a party saying that their MAIN goal is to defeat a President and regain power, what makes you think that they will support ANYTHING that this administration does regardless of the benefits (unless they can't put their spin on it or take credit for it)? They have gone as far as to abandon their own ideas when Obama says that he agrees with the party members that proposed a specific position.

      Here is an example:

      They do this to stop his success in fear that the success will be reflected on the President and hurt their chances to regain power. When that way of thinking becomes their goal, regardless of its effects, you have to wonder what their real intentions are; helping the country and the average middle class American or helping themselves...

    • jtcarr1164 profile image


      8 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi

      The Tea Party was not started by the Republican Party. The Tea Party has been working to replace the Republican Party establishment. The Tea Party is not even a party. If the Tea Party favors corporations, that is because most people recognize that the government does not create jobs and wealth, corporations do.

      The Progressive Caucus you speak of still in power in Congress is because most of those seats did not come up yet. The Demotards still lost seats in the Senate.

      Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both won a second term because they still held public support, something Obama no longer has.

      The so called ideas that you say the voters rejected are not a conservative platform. Too big to fail is a progressive idea. George Bush did not get the support of conservatives when that was passed. The ideas you seem to think the GOP holds were an attempt at moderation or an embracing of "progressive" ideas. History has proven over and over these do not work.

      The Disclosure will NEVER get passed as long as Obama is in office. That would only expose the control that George Soros has on the Demotard Party.

      I am curious what the basis of proof is for your claim that capitalism and privatization are destructive. History? I think you were absent that day in school.

      Corporations may finance elections, but as long as people continue to drink Kool-Aid and not bother to gather facts, listen to some class warfare ancient history Marxist B/S then they can buy votes with their ads.

      You seem to think the GOP and Tea Party are corporate mouthpieces, but I invite you to visit me, see how I live and then tell me how I have been bought.

      Government involvement/intrusion does not equal freedom. I will vote with freedom every time.

    • A M Werner profile image

      Allen Werner 

      8 years ago from West Allis

      TPC, I think the Obama administration has been a study of everything wrong in government. First the Dems get control but greed takes over and they sell their votes for pet-projects, they drag their feet and spend two years doing hardly anything. Then the election comes and they lose power. So now you have a lame-duck session and another two years where hardly anything will be accomplished. Meanwhile, the filthy rich will continue to prosper and those below will continue to sink deeper into depression and poverty. Both sides will point accusing fingers at the other while all the while, in the end it really goes back to capitalism and privitization being destructive philosophies. It won't matter if Obama gets back in again or not. With the Supreme Court letting corporations finance elections, a single vote will count for even less than it did before. Peace.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      Thank you for showing the level of intellect of your crowd.

      You're getting what the corps tell you by way of Beck and Limbaugh clearly.

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 

      8 years ago from America

      Jeremey dont get sucked into this crap!

      Republicans didn't start the Tea party movement, Conservatives and Independents did! He is right that Clinton came back an won but Clinton moved toward the center and allowed welfare reform etc. This act helped the vote, Obama will NOT win a reelection because he has no compromise in him as we have no compromise on our side! America is tired of compromise! It like the other team winning then allowing the losers to share in the spoils! Bush compromised daily and even allowed Kennedy to write the no child left behind act and see how it cost this country and his presidency? Crasher hates his life and hates American capitalism! we must forgive him and not be sucked in by his rhetoric.

    • Jeremey profile image


      8 years ago from Arizona

      I guess I am easily influenced sometimes. Lately I've been losing my faith in our president and even opening my eyes to some of the more conservative view. I find myself rocking back and forth in the middle somewhere confused by all the hoopla in the media. Always appreciate your point of view. I don't always comment but I've read some of your hubs and they lead me to educating myself which will ultimately provide me with a stronger understanding and foundation in my own political views. Thanks for a good hub.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Hey TPC,

      Great Hub. I think that Obama needs to get back to motivating the base. Now would be a good time to televise and take transparency to the next level. I think it will force the Republicans to show their hands. This administration needs to get better at marketing their successes and expose the obstacles. I also agree that modifications to the HC reform can work, but repeal is nonsense. Again, great hub!

    • ElderYoungMan profile image


      8 years ago from Worldwide

      Very well put. I love how the right has taken one an administration that destroyed its own supporter base, by catering to the right and labeled it as hard to work with. My hope is like yours in that I hope our President understands that his ability to produce is what is being judged right now, not his ability to cater to spoiled children. Great hub! Thanks!


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