Obama the Ineffectual

I didn’t watch the president’s address live last night, but before reading it I did take a look at the insta-reaction, and there was a stunning lack of intensity in the response to it. It had become clear in the two hours before he spoke that he himself had no particular proposal to push or goal in mind for the speech. Or rather, there were far too many goals—to blame the GOP, to talk about his desire to raise taxes on wealthy Americans even though that appears to be off the table even in the Democratic plan being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid he said he supported, to separate himself from a Washington growing increasingly toxic in the eyes of voters, and to offer a genuine warning to the public of the consequences of a default. It didn’t succeed—in its own terms—in making a strong case for any of these points individually, and collectively they don’t hang together.

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Obama the Ineffectual

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