What Will the President Do?
The biggest political question on the table is how President Obama will react to the Republican’s gains, this election. Victor Davis Hanson notes that Obama’s post-election speech didn’t indicate that he understands the message that the American people are trying to send to him. But here’s the interesting paragraph from Hanson’s post:
Had not some zealots talked of possible 90-to-100-seat gains, the Democrats would be in greater shock today at the near-historic 60+ House pick-up, along with a stunning near sweep of state legislatures and governorships, as well as gains in the Senate — and all a mere 21 months after the beginning of hope and change. The idea that we are going to copy EU socialism is dead. So is Keynesian massive borrowing. So is the promised second wave of Obamism, such as cap-and-trade and blanket amnesty. Obama’s supporters can brag that erstwhile absolutely safe senior Democratic senators like Boxer and Reid managed to get reelected, but they must understand that Obama’s vision and his method of enacting it simply turned off the vast majority of the country.
I agree that the short-term prospects of American socialism are bleak, although it’s possible that the virus has already been injected into our system of government to reemerge after a period of welfare-state gestation. But in trying to predict the actions of Democrats, I can’t help but hear echoes, in Hanson’s reassurances, of the declarations that ObamaCare was dead after Republican Scott Brown won in Massachusetts. What Obama and the Democrats proved, then, was that they were not operating according to political expectations. This election was largely a consequence of that fact, but it’s not certain that they’ll change their script, when the tea leaves were already plain to see last year.