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February 25, 2010

Re: Some More On Obama's Performance

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Jennifer Rubin's take on Obama's performance:

John, I think Obama is suffering from three factors. First, the expectations for him, based on a good deal of media puffery, is that he should dominate these events. When he doesn't and looks like a beleagured professor or a mid-level executive whose employees are refusing to get on the same page, the disappointment is greater than for a mere mortal politician. Second, he has the Democrats on his side and the Republicans have Paul Ryan, Dave Camp, Lamar Alexander and John Boehner ( who is now doing a fine job drilling down on costs, on abortion subsidies and on a slimmed down health-care plan). And it just isn't me. Republicans are frankly delighted by some of the media reaction. (David Gergen from earlier today on Obama: "He doesn't have a strong Democratic team behind him." Wolf Blizter: "It looks like the Republicans certainly showed up ready to play.") Third, the event is too long and there are too many popular, substantive points to be raised by the Republicans for this to be the "game changer" Obama needed. Whoever came up with this idea at the White House is no doubt squirming.
I have to agree with Jennifer, whoever came up with this idea at the White House must indeed be squirming. What some were worried about as being a trap for Republicans is now looking like it may work out to be one the Democrats, particularly Obama, set for themselves.

Conservative pundits apparently agree: Conservative Pundits: Obama and Democrats Seem to Have Stepped Into a Trap of Their Own Devising

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Posted by Richard at February 25, 2010 3:42 PM



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