Amie Parnes writes for The Hill today that Obama may have three months at the most to get things done before he and his administration are perceived as history. That may make sense to some beltway people, but does that make sense to citizens?
President Obama isn’t likely to accomplish much during his second term unless voters give to him a workable Congress. The chances are that there is so much dislike among the electorate for the current Congress that Obama and Democrats may get their wish and see a return to full power. If that happens, Obama will be busy up to the day he departs office.
If citizens dish out another dysfunctional Congress, and surely they would not do that on purpose, then Obama will continue with fits and starts, or he may just take the “Ike” way out and play golf.
Even the Democratic strategists are missing a big point, and that is that the agenda isn’t just Obama’s, it belongs to Democrats and represents real needs that must be addressed. They have not received timely attention, therefore everything is late, such as immigration reform.
Astonishingly, Latino Americans seemed be taking a siesta on this matter at the wrong time. The electorate has gone quiet, and that can be the reason why Obama may dim the lights earlier at the White House.
One political strategist, Tony Fratto, said the only way things can turnaround is “if Republicans do some crazy thing like shutting down the government.”
“Obama’s time for action ticks away
By Amie Parnes - 09/24/13 05:30 AM ET
Former administration officials and Democratic strategists in touch with the White House say Obama say has to make something of the next three months before people put him in the rear-view mirror.
“Once 2014 rolls around, people are going to care less and less about his legislative priorities and they’ll have their sights set on the next big thing,” one former administration official said.
“They need a shift, and it needs to be quick if they’re planning on getting anything done,” said the official, who described the next three months as decisive."