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Obama's Inaction a Lack of Leadership

By Andrea Tantaros   |   Friday, 24 Jul 2009 01:55 PM

If President Barack Obama thought fighting Republicans was tough, he’s learning real fast that battling with his own party isn’t exactly a good time. As many of his former colleagues in the Senate and the House voice outrage and opposition to his push for universal healthcare, the man once deemed “untouchable” currently finds himself in the political battle of his life.

And he’s losing. His own party is running ads to press Democratic senators from Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio. If Obama cannot get socialized medicine passed with a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, his political capital will tank and he’ll look extremely flaccid. Congress won’t have any reason to listen to him going forward and he’ll risk being perceived as a lame duck. He'll be relegated to policy proposals like school uniforms and midnight basketball.

Say what you want about George W. Bush, the guy got things done in his first term and lead. From education reform to Medicare Part D to his tax cuts, Bush signed his agenda into law despite congressional gridlock. Agree or disagree, that’s not a weak Commander-in-Chief.

Obama is just the opposite.

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