Obama Finally Leads
I was not originally for Obama. As a matter of fact, I wrote him off early in the campaign as a far left looney, instead supporting McCain, who I saw as much more accommodating to the center. But during the final months of the campaign, it became increasingly clear who was the centrist and who was way out there. McCain, partly by his Palin nomination but also for other reasons, seemed insecure about being a centrist and had to impress the far-right loonies. He was faint on new ideas and he didn’t seem inclined lead Congress. Myself, and an overwhelming number of moderates chose Obama to be the nation’s leader and Obama came into office with tremendously high approval ratings because of his moderate appeal.
But in his first months of office, he has been way too inclined to pass the buck to congress and in so doing, he really lost a lot of that moderate appeal. Nobody likes Congress; it is borderline dysfunctional. Because Obama let Congress lead on the healthcare issue, Obama found himself frequently apologizing for a Congress that nobody likes. In the minds of many, Obama began to seem less moderate than he did on the campaign. Not because he became that way, but because he was being led by the Democratic Party leadership.
Last night was the first night Obama really looked like the legislator-in-chief that so many of us wanted him to be. And he looked brilliant doing it. The truth is, everything he said was perfectly reasonable. He was very accommodating to the legitimate concerns of both parties. And was willing to say the difficult things that needed to be said to be both parties. This is what the moderates voted for. I don’t know what his approval ratings will be after today, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a boost.