August is here. Vacation time world-wide. Congress goes home; the president goes to Martha’s Vineyard, vacation playground of the left.
Where are we, as a country, politically?
The Barack Obama Honeymoon is most definitely over. His poll numbers continue to deteriorate. His opposition has firmed up, but more disturbing for Team Obama are defectors from the Obama column last fall. Indeed, the Washington Post just ran a story about Virginia voters who voted for Obama but now regret it. These voters say things like, “I thought he was going to be different . . . a real change . . . but he has turned out to be just like all the rest of the politicians favoring the special interests.” These voters say they will vote for the GOP candidate for governor this November.
We now know our new president. Obama is a typical “tax and spend” liberal Democrat who just throws money at a problem. The Cash for Clunkers is just such an example. While the idea makes some sense, the follow-through is poor and the result is the unintended consequence of causing foreign cars to be purchased at the expense of (our) GM cars, which we the taxpayers now own.Plus a lot of good car parts are needlessly being destroyed.
Healthcare: The anti-Obama campaign has crystallized in the debate over this issue. The anger seen at town hall meetings is indeed indicative of the over-50 percent of the people who do not want the “public option,” which is code for nationalized healthcare. Obama knew he had to get this voted on before the August recess in order to dupe the American people. Well, he couldn’t get it done. And now it looks as though this crucial aspect — the public option — may not make it through the Democratic Congress.
However, to save face there will be a healthcare bill of some sort this fall — with a big celebratory signing ceremony. But this will not be what the left set out to implement.
The political cost of this healthcare fight will indeed be heavy for the Democrats. Some will lose their seats next year because of it, but probably not enough to flip Congress back to the GOP.
Speaking of the Republicans: 2009 will be a good year for them away from D.C. They will win the governorship of New Jersey — almost definitely — as the incumbent, Jon Corzine, is mired at the mid-30s in the polls. He appears to be terminal. And Virginia is fluid, with a real chance for the Republican to win there, too.
Nationally, however, the GOP has a long, long way to go to erase the George W. Bush taint. As of last week, 54 percent of voters still blame the rotten economy on Bush. Until he is a distant memory — and until the GOP has new faces and a better, more likeable image — we will continue to be irrelevant.
Teddy Kennedy is deteriorating and may soon die. Look for major TV coverage as the “last Kennedy brother” is memorialized.
August is almost always the month of the “political surprise,” some unexpected event that takes the White House by surprise. With officials scattered far and wide either on break or junketing at taxpayers’ expense, the political world always seems to get caught unprepared. (Remember Saddam Hussein’s 1990 Kuwait invasion?)
So be prepared!
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