By Charles M. Young
In the past few months, Obama has had time to play golf. He's had time to fill out his NCAA basketball playoff bracket. He's had time to go to Chile, a country prone to terrible earthquakes, and sell them new nuclear reactors. He's had time to go to Florida and tell Jeb Bush what a great job he did on education. He's had time to be a "bridge" between John Boehner and Harry Reid.
Obama did not have time to go to Wisconsin.
That would be the same Wisconsin whose unions donated money and turned out for him at mass rallies so that Obama could collect Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes in 2008.
That would be the same Wisconsin which was so demoralized by Obama's first two years of broken promises that Democrats didn't turn out in 2010, thus dooming Russ Feingold to defeat in the Senate and allowing the election of Scott Walker as governor.
All of which is fine with Obama. Having Republicans in Congress and in statehouses makes it easier for him to break his promises to the voters and do what Wall Street wants him to do. It's a formula that worked for Bill Clinton, the man from Hope. Why wouldn't it work for the man from Hope and Change?
I suppose Obama will be shameless enough to go back to Wisconsin in 2012 and ask for votes from the same union members whom he betrayed when they needed him. I also suppose that the people of Wisconsin (and the rest of the United States) will be even more demoralized in 2012. Why should they help re-elect a president when he won't help them fight a governor who is trying to destroy their way of life?
If I were Obama, I'd be ashamed to go back to Wisconsin. I'd be ashamed to go anywhere.
Will anyone challenge Obama from the left? Seems unlikely in the primaries. Maybe Nader again outside the party. I've been voting for him since 1996, but I suspect he's not too jazzed at the prospect of taking all the abuse again.
That leaves the Republicans, almost all of whom are stupid and insane. I say "almost." There is one among them who just went to second place in the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll for the Republican nomination. He's one of the most obnoxious creeps on television. He's a real estate speculator. He's a casino owner. He's a bully. He names all his buildings after himself. He tears up ecologically sensitive areas to build golf courses. He's written a lot of terrible books, which inspired hundreds of terrible books by other obnoxious creeps. He runs a bunch of beauty pageants. He is the butt of jokes every night on television because of his strange hair. He makes $1.5 million for one-hour lectures at the Learning Annex. He's one more blowhard in the parade of rich guys who think that hoarding money qualifies them to run the government.
Who is this political savior?...
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