For those who fear a Republican landslide in this November’s mid-term elections let me recall some words from Obama’s 2009 Inaugural address:
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them—that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.
For all of this administration’s shortcomings in the public relations arena, the amount of work it has done in a relatively short time is undeniable. From the “Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act”, “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” and Health Insurance Reform to the appointment of fair-minded judges (Sotomayor and Kagan), and cabinet officials whose vested interests do not lie in the problems they are supposed to manage (Hilda Solis and Steven Chu); from the withdrawal of “combat” troops from Iraq to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Obama administration has done more for the public good in a shorter time than any other administration in recent memory.
It takes time to roll back the rot in the American body politic that was epitomized by the eight Bush years and two years isn’t nearly long enough for the fruits of Obama’s labors to become visible. However, I am confident that the army of well-meaning Americans that carried him to victory in 2008 is not prone to the short-term buyer’s remorse that afflicts many such movements – fox-news propaganda notwithstanding.
As Jon Stewart put it so well, the silent majority in this country remains to be heard from, and when they do speak on November 2 I am confident that the message will be a clear and resounding affirmation of the course of this administration and its policies.
I am not a pundit or a statistician. These views are not based on analysis of recent primaries but of a gut feeling born from being a participant and observer in the Obama-Biden campaign and from having seen the deep conviction and indomitable spirit of others like me. Nothing I have seen in the past two years has undermined my faith in BHO, who by political standards has not strayed far from his promised course and I am confident of the Democratic party’s chances this fall.