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Obama as Political Commentator

In the wake of the collapse of the so-called supercommittee, President Obama said, “There are still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voice of reason and compromise.”

Of course they did. Anyone who holds views different than the president is unenlightened, unreasonable, and unpatriotic. By now it’s a broken record.

What is worth pointing out is that Obama deserves a lion’s share of the blame for the failure of the supercommittee. “The White House deserves primary responsibility,” according to former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin. “History shows us that to achieve anything this big, you need the president to get involved. And Obama was MIA.”

Indeed he was.

It is getting rather odd these days, isn’t it, with Obama now commenting on governing matters that he has purposely detached himself from. What this means is that he’s now acting more like an MSNBC political analyst than like a president. Which, come to think of it, is not a half-bad idea. Obama actually might have some talent as a political commentator. And we already know he has none as a president.

I believe Barack Obama would be much better off appearing on a nightly basis with Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews. So would we.



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