Therefore to win in 2012, Barack Obama needs to take the gloves off. And keep them off.
Tonight the President addressed a joint sitting of Congress. Regardless of how much sense his proposals made and the urgent need for positive congressional action; judging by the applause divisions in the room and the negative body language of the Republican Speaker John Boehner, it is clear that this Congress remains terminally divided and incapable of producing meaningful work.
Titled the ‘American Jobs Act‘, the President’s proposal among other things offers to jump start the economy and create jobs in a variety of much needed public projects at a cost more than $447 billion dollars. Unfortunately for the American people, Republicans are unlikely to support much of the President’s plan as it would probably ensure his re-election.
Therefore to win in 2012, Barack Obama needs to take the gloves off. And keep them off. He needs to forget about Republican consensus and finally begin attacking Republican ideas and past performance with one critical goal in mind. That should be one of winning back the House and with it the opportunity to pass important bills in his second term. Even if re-elected to the Presidency, without House support, his second term will be much less successful than his first.
In their immediate and long term interests, American voters need to ensure that they give him every chance of success by delivering a supportive Congress in 2012.
President Barack Obama addressing a Joint Sitting Congress September 8th 2011 .. 34min 18