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Sound and Fury, Signifying… Something

posted at 4:22 pm on November 6, 2010 by

Since I’m speaking about national issues, as opposed to Californian, I’m going to be the glass-half-full guy today.

I’m somewhat optimistic (just a bit) that maybe Barack H. Obama will be able to change course, at least a little, so that we don’t have complete civil war for the next two years — which might well turn off the electorate that just elected the GOP.

In the wake of the midterm elections, the president — after hilariously proclaiming that the Democrats only lost because the TOTUS* didn’t do a good enough job explaining to voters how Obama plans to radicalize America — has actually offered two very substantial concessions to traditional American values:

Mr. Obama this week already has moved, at least slightly, on two major issues.

He said he no longer believes he can pass a broad energy bill that would impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions, and instead called for all sides to work on renewable and clean energy sources, such as nuclear power.

The White House also signaled movement on tax cuts — the issue that deeply divided Congress just before it left town in September, and that will await lawmakers when they return this month.

Mr. Obama earlier said the Bush tax cuts that went to wealthier Americans must be allowed to lapse. But asked about a temporary extension, Mr. Gibbs said Thursday that Mr. Obama would “be open to having that discussion and open to listening to what the debate is on both sides of that.”

One possibility I’ve seen floated would be to extend the Bush tax cuts until — drum roll — early 2013. The point is clear: If Obama loses reelection in 2012, then the next Republican president can try to make the tax-cuts permanent, if he can overcome the Democrats in the Senate.

But if B.O. is reelected, he will have a substantial argument that the American people don’t want them to become permanent, else they would have elected the Republican — who will, naturally, run on a platform that includes permanizing the tax cuts.

And of course Republicans on Capitol Hill would be overjoyed to work with the president and many Democrats in expanding our nuclear reactor force to take the place of as many coal- and oil-powered electricity plants as possible.

All it really would take would be to dramatically streamline the approval process and grant partial legal immunity to nuclear projects, to protect them from baseless lawsuits by environmentalists, which could stymie construction forever. As it happens, a number of environmentalists have already rationally concluded that nuclear power is less damaging to the environment than burning oil and coal; so the opposition is already divided.

I see these as much more significant than does the Washington Times‘ Stephen Dinan. By throwing both Cap and Tax and the Hands-Free Tax Increase under the bus, I think the Obamacle augurs that the era of big transformation has ended — for a time, at least. It’s hard to imagine him permanently giving up his ultimate goal of remaking America as a Eurosocialist welfare state; but Obama is obviously gobsmacked at the moment, unable to conjure a scheme to pull it off.

I still don’t see him as a Clintonian triangulator; but perhaps he is so unused to defeat that, for a while at least, he will be too stunned to resist the pressure to make concessions. Another way of looking at it: Maybe for a few months — before he shakes himself, like a cartoon victim of an explosion, and returns to his natural self — the One will find himself bowing at the waist and kow-towing to his personal, American “enemies,” the way he’s already used to doing to America’s foreign enemies.

Quick, let’s take advantage while it lasts! When Obama comes back to his old, arrogant, messianic self, then Republicans can return to fighting him, hammer and tooth. But perhaps by then we’ll have some substantive and substantial accomplishes under our belts… all the better to head into the 2012 showdown.


* TOTUS: Teleprompter of the United States

Cross-posted on Big Lizards

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Interesting post, but just because he doesn’t think he can pass carbon legislation doesn’t mean he won’t try back door means through EPA regulation and executive orders.

Buy Danish on November 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Thats a pretty good argument.

Silverwolf on November 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Daf, you’re an optimist. I don’t think Obama is capable of changing at all in any meaningful way whatsoever. I think that Republicans, in order to have any hope for success on their terms, will have to assume that the president is openly hostile to their politics. Any other point-of-view is just looking through rose-colored glasses.

gryphon202 on November 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Couldn’t disagree more. He’s not “gobsmacked”, and nothing he’s said nor any of his inflections indicate he recognizes the true nature of what happened last Tuesday.

He has already shown himself to be thoroughly dishonest and even cruelly manipulative in every pledge and outreach — without exception — toward the idea of political comity or even co-existence. He has shown no compunction for saying anything he feels he needs to say and acting entirely differently. Why, given this demonstrable record of dishonesty, we would believe his meager and non-committal mutterings about compromise or read more into them confounds me.

His entire energies right now are aimed at subverting and ruining Republicans in a covert way while he continues to speak in vapidities which are only for buying time. I agree that he will find ways to blame everything he can on Republicans while getting his way via executive orders and regulatory fiat.

rrpjr on November 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM

the above opinion article isbased on him doing something more than making vauge promises–that is his MO. lots of talk and never doing it. Dumbo thinks he can still sucker and snow anyone other than the mental boobs on the left.

Promise the world and deliver a sh*t sandwich. That’s BHO. No worries, he’s got Narcisist disorder. He will not change one iota but will continue to try and make people think he will. Your seeing the real him in all his glory, amazing how transparent and child like his Obama’s mind is

Niteowl45 on November 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM

but perhaps he is so unused to defeat that, for a while at least, he will be too stunned to resist the pressure to make concessions.

I also disagree. I think the core of his personality is that of a radical who wants to see America humbled. So he will bow down to other leaders because that is consistent with his view of America’s place in the world. However, he will just try to buy time and continue to push his agenda because that is also at the core of his value system. For him, this election did not change his worldview. As he has said before, he would rather succeed in pushing his agenda, than getting a second term or being popular.

redeye on November 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM

And of course Republicans on Capitol Hill would be overjoyed to work with the president and many Democrats in expanding our nuclear reactor force to take the place of as many coal- and oil-powered electricity plants as possible.

I have to throw a monkey wrench into the works. New Power Plants can’t come on line until there is a National Nuclear Repository. Reed and Obama took care of that already. Unless they plan on certifying the one in Nevada we are decades away from new Nukes for energy.

chemman on November 6, 2010 at 8:41 PM

All he’s saying is he’ll think about X, and he’s open to Y. Next thing you know, he might even consider trial projects in targeted districts, or something, eh?

I’ll believe it when I see it.

joe_doufu on November 6, 2010 at 10:43 PM

One of the two new reactors that were to be built with the aid of US loan guarantees (announced with great fanfare by The Won in Feb.) has stopped construction. It has something to do with the way the loan guarantee is constructed.

I found an informative blog discussing the various problems facing an expansion of nuclear energy in the US:

You are more optimistic than I am when it comes to Dear Leader.

GnuBreed on November 7, 2010 at 12:18 AM

A tiger doesn’t change its stripes. Obama can’t shake 40+ years of indoctrination; he’s been a radical in training all his life. His parents were both Communists, and he has been at play with far left radicals and terrorists his whole life. He doesn’t know anything else. Clinton was able to triangulate because he understands the American psyche, but Obama just can’t get it. He doesn’t know how.

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