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Morning Examiner: Obama, and liberalism in general, are fresh out of ideas

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Dana Milbanks, a liberal blogger at the Washington Post, is not happy with President Obama, especially after Wednesday’s deflating “pivot” speech in Galesburg, Illinois.

Noting a warning not to expect anything new that was contained in a pre-speech email circulated to key journalists by White House senior aide Daniel Pfieffer, Milbank said this after the address:

“But even a reincarnated Steve Jobs would have trouble marketing this turkey: How can the president make news, and remake the agenda, by delivering the same message he gave in 2005? He’s even giving the speech from the same place, Galesburg, Ill.”

Heard it all before, over and over

The problem for Obama and for his mediasphere advocates like Milbank is the president’s major ideas weren’t new in 2005, so it’s actually unreasonable to expect him to be faithful to his ideological agenda and yet take a different intellectual tack.

Put otherwise, Obama is a prisoner of the liberal ideology that has defined him and his political party for decades.

There is something to be said for ideological consistency, of course, but pretty much everything Obama proposed in Galesburg could have been proposed by LBJ in any of his speeches on behalf of the Great Society in 1965. Or by Harry Truman for his Fair Deal. And FDR would have cheered Obama for extending the New Deal.

It’s the second-term blues

As described in today’s Washington Examiner editorial, a major factor in this emerging reality of Obamaworld is the ideological stasis that typically afflicts presidential second terms. No president can stray far from the general policy thrusts laid out in a first term without appearing either hypocritical or excessively opportunistic.

But problems that are to be expected the second time around for a chief executive may well be heightened for Obama because of his pervasive media  presence since 2009 and the protective attitude toward him displayed by so many of the journalists covering him.

Second terms are tough, even under the best circumstances, but Obama for the most part has been spared the relentless critical questioning that confronted most of his predecessors after they won re-election. They were thus prepared to endure the hard times. Obama may not be.

From today’s Washington Examiner:

Editorial: Signs of gathering second-term storms in Galesburg   

Working Man’s Blues, Day Four: Bush, Obama bailouts ‘save’ Detroit

On Beltway Confidential: Paul says GOP senators won’t defund Obamacare

Byron York: Obama’s message for the GOP is middle class, middle class

Cal Thomas: Who can blame Americans for losing faith in government?

Washington Secrets: ‘Nation’s Gun Show’ adds Obama countdown to 2016

Watchdog Team: Reforms sought to keep U.S. funds away from terrorist-linked contractors

Susan Crabtree: Obama blames House GOP for economic doldrums

Brian Hughes: More Americans want Obamacare repealed, poll finds

In Other News:

Washington Post: Proposal to restrict NSA fails in the House

Washington Post: Judge prepares major ruling in Bradley Manning prosecution

New York Times: With economy lagging, some Democrats stir populist pot

USA Today: Chevy Impala bests foreign luxury entries in Consumer Reports rating

Wall Street Journal: Senate backs student loan bill

Time Magazine: Stockton offers glimpse of Detroit’s future

NRO: Understanding the Huma Craze, by Kay Hymowitz

Washington Free Beacon: Spirit Airlines uses Carlos Danger in new ad

Daily Caller: American views on race have plummeted under Obama

Lefty Playbook:

Huffington Post: Who will run the Fed?

Talking Points Memo: Florida resumes voter purge after Supreme Court VRA ruling

The Nation: Three things Obama can do today to boost the economy

Righty Playbook:

The Weekly Standard: Older, but not wiser

The American Spectator: Economic malpractice and political slander

Wall Street Journal: The inequality president

 

 

 

 

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