So, how do I put this tactfully? Awe forget it, there is no way to put this tactfully. Obama got his ass handed to him on a silver platter Tuesday. At his news conference the next day he looked like a wet puppy dog standing in the rain that just got struck by lightning. The correspondent from Fox News looked happier then Glenn Beck does after he pleasures himself to a photo of Sarah Palin. The Republicans, the Tea Party, Fox News, they did it, so go ahead guys gloat, no really it’s ok, I understand. After all you did get your asses handed to you two years ago and we did plenty of gloating at that time, so go ahead, I’ll wait………Are you done? Good, now shut the fuck up because here’s the deal. You didn’t win. I know what you are saying to yourself. “What, are you on crack Brian? We won the house. Nancy Pelosi is out, we run things now. The people spoke and the people told Obama NO! This was a direct repudiation of Obama’s reckless policies! We are taking this country back! How’s that hopey changy thing working for you now!? Palin for President, Palin for President! WE WON!” Let me say this again, You…didn’t…win. Oh sure, you took the house, but you didn’t win.
One of my favorite shows is The Apprentice. Inevitably on each season there are one or two people who do nothing but complain. They are no help to the team, and think they know everything and week after week they skate by while someone else takes the fall. Then comes the week when it’s their turn to step up to the plate and be project manager, and prove that they know better than everyone else, and prove that they are not all talk, and nine out of ten times, when the task is over, when the talking is finished, when they get to the board room, they lose, and The Donald says to them those two words that no one in that board room ever wants to hear, “You’re Fired.” You see, while it may seem like the Republicans won, what happened on Tuesday was actually the best of scenarios for President Obama and the Democrats because now the Republicans have power. And the Republican and Tea Party candidates who got elected, who vowed to take back this country can no longer simply blame President Obama and the Democrats for the issues that face this country. The Republicans can no longer just sit back and say “no” to every initiative that the President tries to push through. It’s easy to let the President take the fall for all of the issues facing our nation when you have no power to do anything about it, but now the Republicans have the power and with power comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes accountability.
The reality is that the Republicans took the elections that they did, in the numbers that they did, not because “the people rejected the failed policies of Obama”, but instead for a number of reason, the first being that President Obama overestimated the American public’s ability to wait for change. Obama, like every presidential candidate has done, promised change on a scale that was epic in proportion. The people expected Obama to swoop in like super hero, create jobs out of thin air, and magically turn around the economy. But what the President neglected to tell everyone was that it just does not happen in less than two years. To turn around an economy and restore the amount of jobs that were lost during the Bush era takes time. After Obama got done fighting to become president he thought all he had to do now was govern and the people would wait for the results. He was wrong. What he did not expect was the amount of continued fight and venomous opposition he would receive from those on the other side. He did not expect a Republican party that would do anything it could to stop every initiative that the Democrats put through. He did not expect a Republican party that would refuse to find any middle ground with the Democrats on any issue. He did not expect A Tea Party movement funded by billionaires and corporations that spread lies about health care reform. He did not expect town hall meetings that were drowned out by republican protesters who were instructed on exactly what to say to make those meetings as unproductive as possible. He did not expect a major “News” organization to actively participate in and broadcast in their entirety “Tea Party” rallies. He did not expect ongoing campaigns designed to discredit everything from his religion to his citizenship, but this is what he got and more. The mistake the President made was not beating them at their own game. It became clear early on that the Republicans, the Tea Partiers and Fox News were not going to do what has traditionally happened in the past and accept who ever won the election as their leader and give that person their full support.
The president neglected to realize that the campaign was not over, the fight was just beginning and he needed to be just as vocal if not more vocal then his opposition was. To put it simply, the Republicans yelled louder, while the President didn’t yell at all, and by the time he started, it was already too late. It didn’t seem to matter that the middle class received the largest tax break in decades. It didn’t seem to matter that the Stimulus Package prevented our country from slipping further into a depression. It didn’t seem to matter that 30 million more people who could not get health insurance in the past now could, or that no one could be denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions. It did not seem to matter that preventive medicine is now free, or that there is no longer a co-pay on birth control. It did not seem to matter that women are now guaranteed equal pay in the workplace, or that the balance on student loans will be erased after twenty years of on time payments. It did not seem to matter that millions of jobs were saved by keeping GM and Chrysler in business, or that the ban on stem cell research was over turned. It didn’t seem to matter that the President Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans, or that he Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care 4 million children who were previously uninsured, or that he banned the Bush Administration’s approved use of torture as a method of interrogation by our armed forces, or that he established the Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers, or that he increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act, or that he expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, or that he signed a financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans, or that he cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%, or that he appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history! I just did not seem to matter! But why? Because President Obama did all of these great things and more in less than two years, but didn’t tell anyone.
You didn’t win. You didn’t win because blaming the President is now over, the Republicans are now responsible and unless jobs are created and our economy improves they will be accountable as well. You didn’t win because by lying about everything from the President’s religion to his proposed “Death Panels” you disrespected the American people and did them a disservice. You didn’t win because if President Obama is prevented from passing even one piece of ground breaking legislation even remotely similar to the type of legislation he was able to get passed in less than two years, then all of us will have lost. I’m sorry, but you didn’t win.