So, the President is going to run to the middle

The Bill Daley hiring is further proof that the President is going to govern to the middle and continue to follow his folly and disappoint and ignore his base while trying to convince the Republicans to join him on the agenda killing iceberg that is “the middle”.

Said Daley in the Washington Post in 2009 – “The leaders of the Democratic Party need to move back toward the center — and in doing so, set the stage for the many years’ worth of leadership necessary to produce the sort of pragmatic change the American people actually want.”  Ah, the old, “Democrats need to stop being Democrats” canard.  Americans voted for change is 2008 and again in 2010.  I don’t think, in either instance, Americans were voting for “pragmatic” change.  The elections of 2008 and 2010 were dramatic and produced drastically different results.  There is a clear choice in 2012 – more like 2008 – 2010 or a continuation of whatever 2010 – 2012 produces.  We know where the Republicans are going to come down.  The only questions is where will the President come down?  Bill Daley makes me worry that I already know the answer – somewhere in the “middle”.

Certain Democrats seem to think that the middle is safe.  These Democrats are in ascendancy right now because of the midterm results.  But the middle is not safe.  The middle lacks vision, it’s boring.  The middle muddles the message.  because the middle has only one message – “please like us”.

Finally, Bill Daley is an Executive with JP Morgan, which isn’t a problem – except that it is.  He worked with the Chamber of Commerce, which vehemently opposed the financial reform bill.  When there is still a lot of work to be done regulating our financial institutions and fixing the problems that exploded the economy and with a congress hostile to continuing the work, hiring an insider who worked with organizations who tried to sink reform muddles the message.

Let’s just hope that Daley doesn’t manage the Whitehouse like the 2000 Gore campaign.


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