With House Democrats considering Speaker Pelosi’s election to Minority Leader, Jeff and Glenn wonder how President Obama and the Democrats will manage the Lame Duck session, and probe why President Obama’s leadership style spells doom for Democrats. It isn’t that the President needs to triangulate or find a new message, it’s that he needs to listen to the words of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, who in 2008 opined that the job of the President is to be Head of State and Chief Executive Officer of the government. Until President Obama and his staff start doing things differently, not just saying that they are, things will stay the same, and we’re in for yet another change election in 2012. That the President isn’t taking the lead of his party and calling for fresh faces, as he was in 2008, and new approaches, means the more things change, the more they stay the same. Republicans, for their benefit, need to get off the sidelines and into the game. Using a baseball metaphor, they find themselves walked to third and they’re acting like they hit a triple. Politics used to stop at our borders, but Sen. Kyl’s outright refusal to negotiate in good faith shows that the Republicans are more interested in political tactics than they are serious public policy.
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