The State of the Union is 1996.
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Obama may be the beneficiary of a weak GOP field in 2012 no matter what strategy he employs, but there are several reasons why Obama is in a tougher position than Clinton.
Ironically, Clinton benefitted from the fact that his legislative priorities were largely stymied during his first two years in office, allowing him to later distance himself from a transformational liberal social agenda. By contrast, Obama was very successful legislatively, and the implementation of his policies — most notably, the national health care law — will continue to remind voters that he’s a big government liberal.
Also, it was easier to postpone action on entitlements back in the 1990s, but now our debt is much steeper, the economy is much weaker, and the day of reckoning is quickly approaching with Baby Boomers retiring. As Rep. Paul Ryan put it in his response to Obama’s speech, “What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.”
Back in 1996, Clinton observed, “(W)e do not need to build a bridge to the past. We need to build a bridge to the future.”
Last night, Obama explained that, “We can’t win the future with a government of the past.”
The question facing Obama is whether he can win reelection with a campaign from the past.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online