Being somewhat of a political junkie, I love watching what transpires on a day to day basis not only on the talk show circuit, but from the White House and abroad. Obama's Administration has promised transparency and we are getting it....from policy briefings to what he orders for lunch(I really enjoyed the Brian Williams piece). Seeing what transpires every day makes the political talk shows that much more interesting as we now have some background knowledge of what is being discussed. To me, this is exactly the way it should be. The more knowledgeable the public, the better.
There are so many issues that need addressing that it makes it hard to prioritize. The Democrats and Obama Administration are in position to make some monumental change to the system. With significant majorities within the House and Senate it should be smooth sailing, right? Unfortunately, that would be a resounding NO. This is increasingly disheartening and puzzling when you couple those majorities with, arguably, the best communicator the presidency has ever seen in Obama. So what is the deal?
After he was voted into office, we knew Obama was going to receive flack from the right....perhaps not nearly as nasty and across-the-board as it is proving to be, but flack nevertheless. What I cannot figure out is why Obama is receiving so much flack from those within his own party. When George W. Bush was president, those on the left, both moderate and extreme, were fairly united because of GW's(or Cheney's) policy choices. Now that the democrats are in position for the kill (politically speaking, that is), they are, to be blunt, screwing it up.
From a common sense perspective, if you remove party names from the equation, you want a President and leader who is able to hear ideas from everyone in the room, take all ideas into account, put ideologies to the side, and move forward with the best decision. I am disappointed to see that certain members of the left are making things difficult for Obama due to THEIR ideologies.....the same as what the right did under George W.. The only difference being that G.W. was pretty much in lock-step with their philosophies. If they did disagree with Bush, it was kept behind closed doors.
Perception is everything...I fear that the more the left continues to rip on Obama for the few issues they disagree with him, the more the entire party will suffer. Outside of Washington, we are already seeing comedians like John Stewart and Bill Maher or media figures like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann often turning on Obama making him the adversary (arguments with the most powerful person is good ratings). Instead of focusing on the 20 issues they agree with him on, they'll pick the one ideology in which they disagree with him and pound it home....gives Obama detractors that much more ammunition.
Overall I think Obama is the best solution we have....incredibly intelligent and pragmatic....exactly what we need with the mountain of issues this country faces. I hope the ideologic democrats realize this too and don't overplay their hand. The more they chop away at Obama, the more his approval ratings will drop....the more his approval ratings drop, the more difficult it will be to get support for the key issues like health care, energy, and education....the less that is able to be done in his first term.....the more likely we'll be looking at another George W. Bush(or possibly, wait as I gasp, something even worse) in January, 2013.