I just got through watching Obama’s press conference on the results of the midterm elections. CSPAN has the full video here. In short, I am not convinced he heard the message loud and clear (if at all).
First what is this nonsense about the American people want Democrats and Republicans to work together? Scores of Republicans and a few Democrats were elected last night because they ran in complete defiance to the Obama/ Pelosi/ Reid agenda. That doesn’t sound like a cry for bipartisanship to me. It does sound like a wholesale rejection of the very policies Obama pushed.
All of Obama’s talk of working with Republicans sounded just like all the empty rhetoric we have heard over the last two years. From the Q and A portion, I got the distinct feeling that Obama will continue to do what he has been doing. That is to make a half ass effort to embrace tiny aspects of the conservative agenda and try to pawn that off as bipartisanship.
Even while admitting that he and the Dems took a “shellacking”, Obama continued to reject the notion that his policies are a complete loser with the American people. As the full scope of Dem losses set in and the inevitable Dem infighting begins, perhaps Obama will realize the need to change course. From what I saw today, I have to say I have my doubts.