A bewildered community organizer from Chicago’s South Side limps back into office with four million fewer votes than he had in 2008 thanks to his grip on America’s moron vote and is confronted by an obstreperous House of Representatives, fully thirty Republican governors, and a majority of state legislatures, and columnist Joe Klein has visions of a modern Napoleon, on the cartoon page of the last American newsweekly:
We have a new year and, apparently, a new Barack Obama. This year’s model doesn’t mess around. He is tough, resolute, unbending. He forces the Republicans to raise taxes for the first time in 22 years. He says he won’t negotiate with the Republicans over their next manufactures crisis, the debt ceiling. He nominates former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, despite the objections of noisy neoconservatives and the quietly powerful Israel lobby. He seems ready to make aggressive proposals on immigration and gun control.
These are all positive steps.
January 21, 2013
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