Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NYT's Bob Herbert Blasts Democrats For Not Doing Enough to Create Jobs

While other analysts trace President Obama's woes to his senior staff, his lack of a "message" or his failure to bite off "small" policy initiatives, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has a different explanation. Herbert, a staunch liberal and Obama supporter, contends that the Democrats have not done nearly enough to address unemployment and the economic woes that many Americans face.

Herbert does not have kind words for the Republican opposition, but he does let Democrats off the hook either. Here is a clip:

The talk inside the Beltway, that super-incestuous, egomaniacal, reality-free zone, is that President Obama and the Democrats have a messaging or public relations problem. We’re being told — and even worse, Mr. Obama and the Democrats are being told — that their narrative is not getting through. . . .

That’s just silly. People are upset because they are mired in economic distress and are losing faith that their elected representatives are looking out for their best interests. . . .

People know that the government that is supposed to be looking out for ordinary people — for working people and the poor — is not doing nearly enough about an employment crisis that is lowering standards of living and hollowing out the American dream. . . .

The Republican Party has nothing in the way of solutions to Americans’ economic plight. It is committed only to the demented policy of trying to ensure that President Obama and the Democrats fail.

But the fact that the Republicans are pathetic and destructive is no reason for the Democrats to shirk their obligation to fight powerfully and relentlessly for the economic well-being of all Americans. . . .

The many millions of new jobs needed to make a real dent in the employment crisis are not going to materialize by themselves. Mr. Obama and the Democrats don’t seem to understand that.
I agree that the Democrats have a "message" problem. I also vehemently agree that they have not done nearly enough for Main Street. As with the Republicans, saving the banks and big businesses are the priority for Democrats. There's the bipartisanship everyone claims to seek!

3 comments:

LETICIA said...

This is what happens when you pretend to have principles you're willing to fight for, and then do everything to prove otherwise. People tend to notice that trend after a while, Mr. Obama.

Kansas City said...

The truth is that there is not much a liberal democratic administration could do to "create" long term jobs, unless it was willing to adopt massively pro-business and tax reduction policies.

However, it is incredible political malpractice for the Obama administration to be obsessively pursuing health care (actually health insurance) reform for a year and one half while millions of jobs were lost. The train wreck is right before their eyes. Everyone can see it, but they trudge on regardless.

I'm not sure of the explanation, but whenever you read one of these tell all political books about politicians making decisions, you realize that it is not a pretty process. Here, political hack Axelrod, punk ballerina Emanual, publicist Gibss, and machine politician Obama are making momentous decisions - you can't expect the result to be great.

The only reason politicans and their campaign hacks are thought to be so brilliant is that they are in a game where one side has to win, and the winners are aggrandized far beyond what they deserve. In the most recent election, it was Obama's hacks versus McCain's hacks, and Obama won. It is silly to think that once elected, the Obama hacks will no longer be the hacks they have always been.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Leticia, I believe there was a lot of "pretending" going on during the Democratic primaries and the general campaign. Hey - at least we can say we were not duped.

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