READ –> Washington Post: Woodward Book Chronicles Obama’s Fiscal Policy Battle With Congressional Republicans
The Republicans took control of the House, claiming 63 new seats, the largest turnover since the 1930s.
The book points out that the administration seemed unprepared for the road ahead, as demonstrated on election night in 2010. “Protocol dictated that the president make a congratulatory call to Boehner,” Woodward writes. “The trouble was, nobody in the White House had thought to get a phone number.”
Years ago, trying to complete a project for a Journalism class at Auburn while visiting an ex-girlfriend at Hobart & William Smith College in upstate New York, I had the chance to speak with and interview Bob Woodward about his career. It was incredible.
Here, so long as the text above is a fair summary of Woodward’s sentiments, I don’t know that I agree with him. It’s not that this president was necessarily “unprepared” on election night in 2010, it is that it simply does not occur to him or his flunkies that they could be perceived as wrong.
They have dismissed the resurgent Right as extremists, a small section of the country. At the same time, they attend and speak at conventions where the audience cheers wildly, sobs uncontrollably, and claps enthusiastically at the idea that they may somehow continue to murder unborn children in perpetuity so long as they elect their candidate.
This is an administration that is grossly out of touch. The Left itself is completely insulated from reality. What we are going to see this fall is a landslide, plain and simple, and the very idea that they could lose at all, nonetheless by eight points or more, is going to absolutely shatter the Left.
The Obama White House wasn’t without John Boehner’s telephone number because they were unprepared — they were unprepared because, in their mind, they could not see the writing that was displayed so prominently on the wall.
It’s going to happen again. It might be wise for President Obama to commit Mitt Romney’s phone number to memory this time.