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Obama as Glenn Nye?

From the Huffington Post (which I try to avoid linking to) via my friend Vivian Paige:

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not.

Know who that almost sounds like to me? The soon-to-be former Representative of the 2nd District, Glenn Nye.

In my endorsement of Scott Rigell, I said this about Nye (with emphasis added):

Nye has held himself up as “an independent voice” in Congress. To the unobserving, that may ring true. On an issue that’s important to me-the passing of the recent healthcare legislation-Nye did vote against. He has made attempts to paint himself as a fiscal conservative, with mixed success (voting against the president’s budget, but for the “stimulus”). It would’ve been interesting to see Nye make a case to the Hampton Roads Tea Party on why he should be reelected (little doubt on the outcome of that, but it would’ve shown real independence). The backlash among his own supporters for his “independence” will, most likely, keep him from a second term in DC.

…which it did. Democratic friends of mine in Hampton Roads told me they’d be more willing to help out another soon-to-be former representative (Tom Perriello) than help out Nye-especially after his vote against the healthcare bill.

Even as a Republican, I’ve wondered why the president hasn’t played more to his base than he has. The whole “I won” swagger that dominated the early months of 2009 didn’t make it out of that same year.  Even before the midterm “shellacking,” President Obama had not: closed Gitmo, oversaw a repeal of DADT (which may or may not happen this year, meaning it may or may not happen at all), brought all the troops home from Iraq (believe what you want, combat operations aren’t exactly done there), or managed to get cap and trade passed. He did manage to pass healthcare reform-that didn’t contain the “public option” that many in his base wanted. And his surge in Afghanistan didn’t gain him any more friends.

In fact, the same people who voted for him and supported him, soon found themselves “exausted of defending” him.

So, the student in me wonders…could President Obama face the same fate-not being reelected-in 2012 that Nye did in 2010,  for the same reason-not catering to his base enough?




Written by Coby Dillard

December 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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  1. D- I never thought I would say this to you but you know this is straight bullshit.

    PO has his base intact.


    December 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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