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Tough times for Obama, but will that be enough to rid the nation of his Presidency?

By DOUG THOMPSON - Capitol Hill Blue
June 25, 2012

President Obama: Trouble in Potomac River City.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

Doesn’t look like a good week coming up for beleaguered President Barack Obama.

The Supreme Court may hand down a decision that declares part or all of much-ballyhooed and largely ineffective health care “reform” bill unconstitutional.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

The Supremes may also inject more controversy into the already contentious debate on immigration with a politically-charged decision on Arizona’s politically-polarizing law.

Over at the Democratic National Committee, the lights burn late at night as strategists ponder new polling numbers that show Obama in trouble in North Carolina and Wisconsin and the race tight in other key swing states.

For Obama, the heat of a typical hot, humid Washington summer is nothing compared to the scorching he’s getting on all fronts.  The burner is on high and the President’s butt is sitting right on it.

“Obama’s Presidency is in trouble,” a top Democratic stategist admitted ot Capitol Hill Blue over the weekend. “He faces problems not only from Republicans but from his own party.”

So how did it happen?  How did a President with some of the highest approval ratings in modern times early in his Presidency plummet to crisis levels?

To borrow an old cliche from the Clinton days, it’s the economy, stupid.  With millions of Americans out of work — many no longer even looking — and losing their homes, the promise they once saw in Obama has faded into a bitter, distant memory.

Many Americans who voted for Obama knew they were taking a chance on a freshman Senator with little practical experience.

It was — in their eyes — a gamble but they were desperate and took the bet.

And they lost.

Mitt Romney could easily steal a page from Ronald Reagan’s playbook from 1980 when the the Gipper faced first-termer Jimmy Carter in debate and asked a simple question:  “Are better off now than you were four years ago.”

Americans are already asking themselves that question and the general answer is “hell no, we’re a lot worse off and things aren’t getting any better.”

But Obama’s failures alone won’t be enough to send him packing from his current public housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan.  He can still blow the election and American voters are still not convinced that putting the country in the hands of another rich white guy is the answer when they see a political system corrupted by the wealth, power and greed of the rich white guys who already control the system.

Mitt Romney may be an alternative to Obama.

But is he really a choice?

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5 Responses to Tough times for Obama, but will that be enough to rid the nation of his Presidency?

  1. tabonsell

    June 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank God that Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan because Reagan was one of the worst things to ever happen to this nation. Reagan put us on the present path to destruction that Americans are presently whining about, but which they repeatedly voted for. Even Jimmy Carter had a superior economic record that Reagan.

    Under Carter the debt as a percentage of GDP was 32.5%, the lowest since WWII. Reagan raised that to above 68%.

    Under Carter, the economy produced more than 10 million new jobs in his one term. Under Reaganomics (Reagan and daddy Bush) the economy added 18 million; or 6 million per term. Ten is 67% better than six.

    Carter lowered poverty to 11.4%. Reagan-Bush pushed it up to 15.1%.

  2. Pondering_It_All

    June 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I think that second paragraph needs a little work. I know you wanted to emphasize “ineffective”, but twice in the same sentence is one too many.

    But now on to my feedback on the content: “largely ineffective health care “reform” bill “: Not really “ineffective”, rather “not yet in effect”, since most provisions of ACA have not started yet. The parts that have, like getting rid of pre-existing conditions and including young adult students on their parent’s policy are extremely popular. And when the rebate checks start arriving this summer because of the 80/20 rule (took effect in 2012), people are going to love it.

    At least they will if the Supreme Court lets it stand.

  3. Griff

    June 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    We work for the central banks. Wake the hell up People.

    We work for the central banks…

  4. blutodog

    June 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Electing Romney is ironically like begging your boss not to fire you. The GOP is basically holding the American voter/worker captive and saying , if you don’t elect us, you aren’t going to have a job soon or ever. It’s extortion, something it seems both parties now think is governing.

  5. Watchman

    June 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Obama is the nice but moderately gifted guy who gets promoted to beyond his competence level. He is not showing leadership about the economy. He does not connect with the people. But he acts like he is entitled to applause and admiration.

    Obama was an experiment and it failed.