Obama didn't and still doesn't realize that. He doesn't know that he was elected because he was not a Republican.
He promised change. Well, what was he talking about changing? It could only have been the Republicans keeping the insurance companies in control of an unworkable health care system and keeping the financial industry from being constrained by any kind of regulation or control. And, the Republicans seeing to it that the fat cats get even fatter.
True, Obama got some effectively ineffective legislation passed that addressed those things, but not very much, because the Republicans wouldn't allow the change necessary to really change anything.
And now, with the Republicans back in charge, they are promising change. They promise to repeal what little ineffective legislation the Democrats got squeaked by. They promise to wipe out any and everything the Democrats did. That's their only agenda.
And, guess what? Obama says he vows to work with them on that.
I'm not sorry to tell you this, Mr. Obama, but that is not only totally unacceptable, but it will guarantee that you will be a one term president.
Obama has yet to understand that the issues he had to confront were not about health care, financial regulation, a stimulus plan, or more tax cuts for the rich. The one and only issue he had to confront was the cause of those problems. That cause is the Republicans.
You have to give it to the Republicans. They adamantly hold to their delusional convictions with a tenacity and mistaken certainty that has an effect on the uninformed voters. The voters tend to believe and vote for those who speak with the most firmness of conviction. Obama and the Democrats just don't have that firmness of conviction. They're willing to do the one the Republicans will not do. Compromise.
I voted for Obama for the change that he promised. The only change possible could only be accomplished by opposing Republicans. I didn't vote for Obama to work with Republicans.
The people I've talked to here who didn't bother to vote say that they can't see much difference between a Democrat who works with Republicans and a Republican. They view any sleazy Democratic politician as being the same as any sleazy Republican politician. Their attitude is, from the results of the last two years, that no matter who's in charge, things stay about the same.
We voted for Obama for change, which would have taken really drastic action, and didn't get it, even with Democrats in control of both houses of congress and the presidency.
That won't happen again.
Today is not too early for a Democrat with the firmness of conviction, the tenacity and the determination to ever and always oppose the Republicans to start running for president in 2012.
Surely there's one out there, somewhere, who can do it just as well as the Republicans.