Be Prepared, Obama To Double Down
For better or worse, be prepared for seven months of what amounts to all out political war. I'd also anticipate Obama using financial regulation reform to push new regulations to shut down opposing political speech, recently given life by the SCOTUS. Attaching it to the seemingly populist idea of broad financial reform would make it harder for the GOP to fight.
As an aside, I suspect Waxman's announced hearings aimed at business over HCR fall-out is part of even more intimidation aimed at business to come. Early signs do suggest the GOP has finally gotten it, though. Going forward, Obama is not going to be about crafting bi-partisan legislation to govern. Actually, he never was, though the press has given him much cover on that. He is their guy, after all.
Whatever the case, the next seven months going into November are going to be about domination and attempted marginalization, not cooperation. He'll seek to paint the GOP as obstructionist, which, btw, is how the GOP beat Daschle in 2004. I came upon that in looking at opposition to Reid versus Daschle, the only Senate leader to lose his seat since 1952. If the GOP caves, their base will abandon them, resulting in disaster in the fall. At the same time, the people can not afford to stand down, either, as the GOP's minority status leaves them toothless without our many voices behind them. And no matter what, the months ahead are going to be long, hard and increasingly confrontational politically.
Aides say that with the momentum from the most complex domestic bill to pass Congress in 45 years, Obama now will push Congress to close campaign-finance loopholes opened by the Citizens United case, adopt his overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education bill, and perhaps even tackle a clean-energy bill.
“He goes into these into these negotiations, and into these legislative battles, with a stronger hand because people understand that he’s going to fight for what he believes in,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in an interview. “Congress proved to itself that it’s well within their power to do the big things that’ll bring about the type of change that they were elected to bring.”