One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullshit'.Ahh, of course. It's so simple! Why hadn't anyone thought of that sooner?
And this reflects an authoritarian mindset, in which one merely requires enough willpower to get anything done. No longer do the traditional rules of political strength apply, and you can just tell people to “stop the bullshit” and they will. It’s as if Machiavelli was a silly fool for thinking he needed to bother with political mechanisms, when all he really needed was a big enough room to fit everyone in.
Finding Votes in his Spine
And that’s the mindset of too many of the people criticizing Obama from the left. They truly seem to think the presidency is endowed with the magical ability to make their opponents bow to his wishes. As if Obama could snap his fingers and get powerful politicians to submit to his will, but lacks the desire to do so. If only he had a stronger spine…
Yet, how? How does he get the votes? That’s lost in all this. If Republicans will be punished for working with him and conservative Democrats fear being associated with anything too "radical," how does he break the filibuster? I have no idea and neither do his critics. There is no amount of spine that can win them over, and sitting them down in a room and telling them to rubberstamp his agenda is the surest way to make them revolt. You either have to work politely with them and cajole them to come to our side, or it doesn’t get done. It’s that simple.
Even the Great Clinton had to become a moderate conservative to have any sort of success and even THEN they fought him at every turn. Did he get us a public option? Did he reform Wall Street? Did he stop evil bank fees that would have cost me $140 last month? No, he didn’t. He cut taxes, deregulated banks, reformed welfare, and bombed Iraq.
By contrast, Obama is one spine-filled motherfucker. Disagree if you like, but tell me, where were the Senate votes to get shit done?