Mind you this comes from Washington Post but it is an opinion piece from Larry Summers. So excuse me while I question the premise of the article.
Ending presidents’ second-term curse
By Lawrence Summers August 10, 2014 | Washington Post
Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure spending and business tax reform. The Obama administration, rightly or wrongly, is increasingly condemned as ineffectual. What was once a flood of extraordinarily talented people eager to go into government has shrunk to a trickle, and many crucial positions remain unfilled for months or even years. Bipartisan compromise seems inconceivable on profoundly important long-term challenges such as climate change, national security strategy and the need to strengthen entitlement programs in a fiscally responsible way.
Let’s say that calling Obama ineffectual is like calling Jack the Ripper ineffectual. The problem of course is the effect he has had, not his inability to have an effect. And with Summers’ great insight, aren’t you glad he is not in the Fed? There is only one way I know to guarantee the end of this curse, but he will not do that either.
I will cede a point about those semi-talented young people being wasted under his leadership. But the talent he refers to differs from what I see more as thuggery.
Sometimes it is important to follow the Left’s (progressives’) narrative because it tells you where they are at (in ideology) which is usually a different place than we live. Then, after examining that you can better respond to their faulty reasoning.
Then comes reality, Obama is stomped for the very policies he said were on the table. Or his majority in the Senate, which ran interference, reduced to minority status. So whatever Summers was idealizing about a few months before election looks more challenged now.
However, that doesn’t mean Obama’s ideology or agenda is gone. Just that now tactics will change. If one wants to then judge the effectiveness of his radical methods, then you might have the same scenario as I already explained: it is not that he is ineffective, just that America is liking his ‘effectivity’ much less.
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