Following up on my previous post … What if, at the end of President Obama’s first term, we look back and see that the policies and positions taken by his administration look a lot more like McCain’s running platform than his own? What if some of the few areas where Obama’s own ideologies are actually furthered are some of the moral issues that many folks who voted for him struggled with in the first place? I am not saying this will happen but … what if? Is it feasible?
Obama is building a staff full of smart and usually experienced people. His staff does not necessarily live out his stated desire to be moderate on abortion or to eliminate lobbyists from Washington but it is, overall, a decent group from my perspective.
I have already stated before that Obama looks to me like a leader who follows advice of those he trusts. Call it weak leadership or wise leadership, I do not see him as someone who will often buck the opinions of those he has chosen. Therefore, if his advisors’ policies look more like McCain’s platform than Obama’s running platform, we may really be asking ourselves in four years who our president really was.
Follow along this scenario with me … four possible outcomes:
1) McCain policies and ultimate failure of those policies.
2) Obama policies and ultimate failure of those policies.
3) McCain policies and success.
4) Obama policies and success.
Think about it … if any of the first three scenarios plays out, the Obama camp has a perfect response which is some variation of “Well, it’s because of the messes the previous administration left us with.” It is only with the fourth possibility that Obama truly delivers what he promised. So, with any of these four, if he plays it right, he will be in good position for re-election in 2012.
I wish the Obama administration the best. No one wants our country out of its many messes more than I do. Maybe it’s still some taste of sour grapes in my mouth … or maybe its stupid optimism … but I hold out hope that an Obama administration may look more like a McCain administration than most folks could ever imagine. Obama has the opportunity to use smart thinking now to make it through his first four years. The GOP better start strategizing immediately on how it will avoid typical tax and spend liberal practices in a second Obama term though.