Gordon examines the president’s record

John Steele Gordon writes on Commentary‘s “Contentions” blog that a review of Barack Obama’s record in office does not bode well for the president’s re-election bid.

Is this the week the Obama administration’s remarkable incompetence begins to be the narrative? If so, he’s toast.

The president’s astonishing, not to mention indefensible, lecture to the Supreme Court this week, in which he turned 200 years of American constitutional history on its head, has been the talk of the blogosphere. But it’s not just the fact that he pretends to have not heard of Marbury v. Madison, it’s the anger behind his remarks that he is having trouble concealing. Even his old professor at Harvard felt he had to weigh in.

It is not hard to see why he might be angry. His single major domestic accomplishment, Obamacare, is in mortal peril in the Supreme Court. InTrade has the chances of its being overturned at 63.8 percent this morning. And it remains deeply unpopular with the public at large. His other domestic efforts have been largely a bust. The stimulus did not produce the promised economic boost and recovery from the recession remains stubbornly slow and unemployment stubbornly high. Green energy is failing and failing and failing. The price of gas has nearly doubled since he became president, despite the recession, while domestic production of oil and natural gas has been rising despite his policies, not because of them.

And, of course, the country continues hell-bent towards the fiscal cliff at the rate of $1 trillion plus per year. Obama, and the Senate Democrats, have not even tried to do anything about something the people in poll after poll have called their number one concern.

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  1. 1) Helped pass one of the most important domestic bills in 100 years. (Despite GOP attacks, public DOES like components of bill.)

    2) Gave the orders to kill the most notorious and wanted terrorist of our lifetimes.

    3)Put together a non partisan panel to reduce the debt–our biggest concern (other than health care) in the next 10 years. Yes, he didn’t strongly back it at first (purely for legislative reasons) but watch out over the next 6 months. This panel (and Obama’s support) isn’t done yet.

    4) Ended combat operations in Iraq, set course for Afghanistan.

    Those are the big ones. There are dozens and dozens of smaller achievements. The GOP (and Dem haters in general) want to drive into the public’s skull that Obama doesn’t have a record to run on. It makes for nice soundbites, but keep in mind that Obama hasn’t even started campaigning in full. Once he lays out what he’s done, the GOP will keep quiet about “not having a record to run on.”

    Comment by Pops on April 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

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