President Obama will not be a popular among liberals


It is important to understand the type of President a candidate will be before you make the choice to vote for him. About eight years ago a lot of the electorate evaluated George W. Bush around domestic agendas and credited him with the ability to pull together the advice and counsel from a list of capable folks like Cheney, Powell and Rice. Today in a post 911 world we are rethinking what it means to be “experienced” based on the decision-making around the Iraq war.

Obama has expressed the need to reach out to Independents and Republicans on a whole host of issues as well as putting thinkers outside of the liberal policy groups in his administration. He has demonstrated the ability to talk tough to groups like the teacher’s union on merit pay, Afro-Americans on personal responsibility, and automakers about fuel efficiency standards and he will also have to push back the excesses of the liberal wish list if he becomes president.

The tough talk and reaching out to the red states will make him popular if he’s successful in doing so, but it will also make him vilified within his own party when it comes to decisions like putting another justice on the bench for instance and not having the political capital like Bill Clinton in appointing minorities throughout his cabinet. There will be a lot of blacks arguing the same point Cornel West and Jesse Jackson made in their he’s acting white arguments. The Limbaugh’s of the world in talk radio will always question his experience and capability in every policy decision.

One of Obama’s strong point is his charm. I think he will match Kennedy and Reagan’s wit in the media, but when challenges like health care and tough, immediate and strategic foreign policy decisions don’t go quite as planned he’ll have to argue his points and convince the public. One of the hardest fights he will have to make is within his own party when the troops are not pulling out quick enough, when appropriations to the military go up significantly in his first term and when many of the ills in the Afro-American community continue he will face a lot of questions among Democrats.

Republican Caucusers see a candidate with the ability to put party politics aside and to get done in Washington. The ability to get things done will bring about some of the most venomous fights and accusations from Democrats. A sign of this is lack of support he has within the Congressional Black Caucus and black politicians around the country signing up with Senator Clinton without given Obama, who championed minority causes in Illinois, the benefit of looking at his record.

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