Romney (R-money) said he would not re-appoint Ben Bernanke last night. I guess they don’t play well. Bernanke was appointed by W, we know. But Obama seems to be pleased enough with Ben.
And Paul Ryan is mad about the closing of an auto plant in his hometown. It was closed (mothballed) during the W administration.
The right is all upset about the TARP program. Who set that up? You guessed it, W.
Obama, on the other hand was able to do several things W could not. He has deported more illegal aliens. He got Bin Laden. And Obama has maintained many aspects of the Patriot Act. Obama’s drones have slayed a lot of terrorists. He can’t find a way to shut down W’s terrorist prison in Guantanamo. W wanted to overhaul Medicare, and failed, but Barack did it with the ACA.
The right has clearly got issues with W. They may be dissing themselves from him more than from Obama. And that’s a lot, just listen to 30 seconds of Sean Hannity and the Stop Obama Express.
But nobody seems to be on W’s train. Even those billboards with his picture and the caption, “Miss me yet?” are gone.
This should mean something to the president’s re-election campaign. Obama truly does govern from the center, though the right accuses him of leaning too left. Some, of course, say he’s a socialist, ruining the constitution, and all that. The more pure liberals certainly recognize this, and they don’t really appreciate it.
One of the regular public surveys that I most detest is the “dissatisfaction rate.” I realize it would complicate things if a survey asked, “And why aren’t you satisfied with the president?” However, the liberals want Obama to be more liberal, while the conservatives want him to be more conservative. The traditional solution to this is to be more moderate, and tick off the two sides in equal amounts. It worked for W’s dad, and most every president before him. And then came Newt Gingrich, who inspired Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, Dick the Cheney and Karl Rove. And W got on board.
Romney has been wrestling with the same issue. In Massachusetts, a largely liberal state, he governed largely by compromise and from the center. But the Republicans have been driven by “purists” who have rejected W. The left is happy to leave W behind, obviously, but the T party is W on steroids. They have pushed Romney to make W look tame, in so many respects.
I do not favor the idea of Obama fighting this right fire with left fire. I hope sanity and moderation will eventually prevail. I hope, but I am not holding my breath.