Politico has a piece out today that is critical of Obama. They detail his progress so far and says he is failing miserably:
So far, he’s failing miserably. Consider the following:
• Cap-and-trade legislation had to limp over the finish line in the House of Representatives with the help of a few moderate Republicans, who then caught holy unshirted hell from their constituents. Environmental legislation generally has taken a drubbing in public opinion polls when people consider how costly it is.
• The Employee Free Choice Act may be stripped of its “card check” provision in the Senate, which would effectively do away with secret ballots for unionization elections. Even in its watered-down form — which still includes highly objectionable, mandatory, binding so-called gunpoint arbitration and makes no concessions to employers who don’t want to have to prop up teetering union pensions — it might not pass the Senate. And the leadership of the House has refused to touch it until the other chamber has made up its mind.
• On health care, forget the rage set off by private citizen Sarah Palin tweeting about “death panels.” Forget the misleading talk about whether there will be a “public option.” (The ever-evolving plan is one giant public option, folks.) Forget the angry voters who crowded into the town halls during the August recess. Forget that a number of Democratic senators and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are still not willing to sign on to a bill. Right now, even after Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress last week, it’s possible Democrats don’t even have the votes in the House — where they currently enjoy a 77-seat majority.
Granted that these things are true, but Politico is forgetting that time in politics moves at the speed of light. Obama has over 3 years to go, who the heck knows what can happen. With Republicans looking like they will be swept back into power in 2010. Obama could find himself with a Congress made up of embolden Republicans and skittish Democrats that force him to be a more centrist president. In which case, he may end up fairing decently in 2012 and that is just one of a million possible scenarios.
So as excited as some opponents of Obama maybe, it is way too early to start counting chickens. Lets revisit this story in the latter days of 2011.