The Hartford Courant has endorsed President Obama for a second term. It comes as no surprise but it is always fun to disseminate their “reasoning.”
For instance, Mitt Romney:
…is a skilled manager, as evidenced by his success in business and his remarkable rescue of the Salt Lake City Olympics (with federal help). But a leader is different: It is someone with core principles moving toward a positive goal.
But earlier in the piece they say…
Mr. Obama is far from faultless, of course. He has waffled on same-sex marriage and now supports it. He took his time repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Some were upset that he kept the Bush tax cuts for the rich and reduced their estate taxes. He’s not getting out of Afghanistan fast enough for many. He dropped the public option from health care reform.
So what constitutes a leader again?
The economy is growing slower than it did in 2010. At that point the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” were set to expire. But Obama, to his credit, gave good reasoning as to why we shouldn’t raise taxes when the economy was hurting. So if Obama allows taxes to go up at the end of the year when the economy is worse, which “core principle” is he operating under? Don’t expect the Courant or the Liberal zeitgeist to point out the incongruousness. Obama has core principles, why? Because they say he does.
Did Obama do a good job in the economy? The economy has grown poorly in the four years of his presidency, each worse than the previous. Aside from this there are over 20 million out of work with no relief in sight. So why does this make Obama a good president? The Courant has an answer:
No, Mr. Obama didn’t change the culture of Washington, if “culture” is the right word. He made some mistakes, disappointed many. But as Paul Glastris observed in Washington Monthly earlier this year, Mr. Obama looks good when compared to other presidents.
If we can categorically state that Obama isn’t the worst president ever, then some “other president” is. Ipso-facto Obama is a good president. What is comical about this is that the editorial board had to borrow this vacuous insight from Paul Glastris…who??
And then there is the tired old excuses of ‘well you can’t fix it overnight, like Obama says, it was the worst economy since the great depression, like Obama says, and besides the Republican congress is to blame, like Obama says’ the actual quotes are:
The U.S. economy is growing, although slowly — unlike Europe’s. It took nearly two decades to end America’s Great Depression; the second coming of FDR wouldn’t end this one overnight, either.
Just as Obama says. But that isn’t what he did say when he spent nearly a trillion dollars on his signature economic program, according to Obama we were going to grow at 4% at this time and we’re not. The economy will bounce back but it stinks. But whatever Obama says now, well, that’s the truth.
You can read the editorial here. Certainly there is more to it such as Obama saving people from dying in the streets because of Obamacare. Or no one has to lose their shirts ever again because of medical bills. None of that is true but when a politician is held to messianic standards we have to deduce that the laws he passed has made him our savior.