A lot of us have been picking around the edges of the problem of Obama’s curiously unsatisfying presidency…
I’d take issue with the “unsatisfying” part — ACA and DADT repeal were huge victories in my book — but I take even more with the “curious” part. There’s nothing particularly mysterious about 9 percent unemployment and a Republican Congressmen that admits it takes hostages. Klein comes out later and says that what he means is that Obama hasn’t made Klein’s mythical regular Murkins feel good. What he really means is that he hasn’t made Klein himself feel good.
Last season on “Mad Men”:
Don Draper: It’s your job. I give you money, you give me ideas.
Peggy Olson: And you never say thank you.
Don: That’s what the money is for!
That’s how I feel about all this “the president needs to make us feel good” stuff — that’s what the policies decisions are for! People feel bad because the economy sucks. No amount of pounding the bully pulpit or playing “Signed, Sealed, and Delivered” and other boomer-friendly hits is going to change that, just as no amount of half-assed “thank you” makes up for being underpaid.
We heard this shit with Clinton too — he’s not living up to his potential, people don’t trust him, etc. A few years of 4% unemployment made him so popular that people had to shut about it eventually, but it went on for most of his presidency.
Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
Tell Joe Klein to try to make everyone smile while Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell try to blow up the economy. Why not focus the criticism on the kidnappers rather than the insufficiently cheer-making negotiators?