Liberal pundits are attacking Obama for “caving in” to the Speaker of the House over the timing of his televised address to a joint session of Congress. But his liberal critics are making the same mistake he did.
i) Obama was in no position to stand his ground. He has no jurisdiction over the Capitol. The Speaker of the House is not his employee. Congressmen don’t work for the Executive branch. He had no cards to play. Short of declaring martial law, he can’t force the issue.
He had to back down. He had no choice.
ii) His mistake wasn’t that he “caved in.” His mistake was supposing that he could unilaterally dictate to Congress a Congressionally sponsored event.
What a dunce! No wonder he refuses to release his college transcripts. His monumental ego is matched only by his monumental stupidity. If you want to see what’s wrong with affirmative action, Obama is Exhibit A.
iii) If he were a wildly popular president, he might be able to muscle his way into the party. But when you’re politically weakened to begin with, it’s especially dumb to pick a losing fight. A fight you ought to know you can’t win going in.
iv) Who cares if Obama is going to give yet another “major” speech on his “#1 priority”? Here’s a guy who, when he isn’t on vacation, gives a speech a day. No one pays attention. When you give a speech a day, even your supporters tune out.
His presidency is one long speech, punctuated by golf games. People stop listening. Even supporters. Can anyone remember his speeches?
v) Is the economy bad because we suffer from a dearth of speeches by Obama? Would the economy suffer if we had one less speech by Obama? Would anyone notice?
Speeches are no substitute for results. If Obama had results, the results would do the speaking.
vi) It’s not as if Obama was in any hurry to give this speech. It’s been sitting on ice for weeks.
And when he does deliver it, this will be just another partisan rant denouncing partisanship.