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Opening Arguments

No way

But with all due respect, a majority of Americans are also saying "no" pretty loudly and clearly:

Facing a midterm election that carries the possibility of Democrats losing their majorities in both houses of Congress, President Obama is at a perilous point in his presidency.

With nothing to offer as alternative policies -- and they are hardly bothering to fake it -- the GOP will remain the "Party of No" and try to make this election a referendum on Barack Obama.

Recognizing that political reality, Democrats need a course correction in campaign strategy. Obama should seize the fact that it's all about him and run flat-out against the obstructionists. He should remind Americans of all the things that would not have happened if Republicans had been running the show. Gloves off, he should ditch any notion of bipartisanship, because Republicans have proved at every turn that bipartisanship is not their bag.

He then lists the things Americans wouldn't have had with Republicans in charge: no Recovery Act, no auto bailout, no health-care reform, no reform of the financial system, no Sotomayor or Kagan on the Supreme Court. I kept waiting for him to get the things that are supposed to make Republicans look bad, but he honestly seems to think these are the ones. With guys like him advising Obama, the GOP's task isn't going to be nearly as hard. If the "party of no" is the best they have at this point . . .

The author is Ken Bode, identified as a former correspondent for NBS News and a former political analyste for CNN. Boy, there's a shock.


tim zank
Fri, 08/13/2010 - 3:04pm

Mr. Bode makes a perfect case as to why Republicans should just keep their mouth shut and let the voters look over the list of accomplishments he cites.

It speaks volumes.