It appears that President Obama has finally abandoned his cerebral, even professorial affect and has become once again a canny and combative politician. Good on ya, Mr. President! Way to man-up!
Journalists are professionally neutral (more or less). We try to not to root for one side or another, but we appreciate a good fight. That’s why Tom Tancredo, Sean Paige and Ken Buck get generally favorable coverage – they know how to throw a punch, and they expect to get punched in return. That’s why we admired George W., Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. And that’s why we love Sarah Palin, despite her amiable “refudiation” of the mainstream media.
Back in 2007, we thought that Obama was just as tough and scrappy as any politician. He’s from Chicago! He got elected to the Senate from Illinois! With a name like Barack Obama!
And then he became POTUS, and disappeared into a cloud of suits, financiers, stimuli, health care policy zombies and old-school lib’ruls.
Where’s the real Barack? Where’s the down and dirty Illinois politician, the Sugar Ray Robinson of modern American politics? Where’s the guy who could slip a punch and floor his opponent with a devastating counter?
Maybe he’s back. Maybe he’s figured out that he can salvage some of the looming mid-term disaster by using the oldest political trick of all: tax cuts!!!
Cut taxes sharply for everyone making less than, say, $200,000 and soak those who make $800,000 or more. Make the cuts effective right now, so all of us will see their impact in our paychecks. Put the Gopsters in an impossible position … maybe!
And Mr. President, as the informal representative of the journalism profession, I can tell you that we would look with favor upon such a policy initiative – because none of us make more than $200k.
Not that our voices are for sale or anything.