I saw a local news poll that said 90% of the people did not expect the supercommittee to succeed in their task of coming up with a bipartisan plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the national debt. Other polls from around the country gave results that ranged from the 90% failure expectation down to 60% failure expectation. It quickly becomes obvious that few Americans truly expected anything more than failure from the supercommittee.
As the members of the supercommittee announced their inability to come up with an agreed upon plan, we were not surprised to see members from each Party point the fingers of blame at each other. And in characteristic fashion, Obama addressed the nation and squarely laid the blame on Republicans for not being willing to compromise on the issue of tax increases, while not telling the American people that the Democrats were equally unwilling to compromise on the very same issue.
However, more and more politicians and other political commentators are pointing the fingers of blame squarely at the Oval Office and the man who sits behind the desk.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stated that the president must carry the blame for the failure because of his absence from the process. She said,
“With no disrespect intended, it’s been like, ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Where’s the president been? He wasn’t a part of the debate last summer dealing with raising the debt ceiling. And he hasn’t been part of this whole supercommittee process.”
Another Republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry, also pointed the finger of blame at Obama when he told Brett Baier on Fox News,
“Obviously, this is, frankly, what a lot of us expected . . . being the president of the United States, you’ve got to lead — and this president has not led on this issue. We know what the problem is: We’re spending too much money . . . and it’s one of the reasons I laid out that 20 percent flat tax to get Americans working again.
“And that’s what this was always about: How are we going to get Americans back working again? And this president, if you think about it, he was looking for someone to blame. He didn’t want to be in a leadership position. And I think this was a contrived opportunity for him to pitch this over to Congress — now Congress has fouled up.
“Well, that is one of the reasons that I am calling for a part-time legislature, because I think Americans are fed up with Washington being so broke-down and corrosive that they can’t fix anything,”
Donald Trump also laid the blame on Obama’s lap for being absent and not taking the leadership necessary for getting something accomplished. In an interview with Fox & Friends, Trump said,
“Well that’s leadership, calling back: ‘Hey, how you guys doing? I’m in Asia. You know, I’m talkin’ to the Chinese that are rippin’ us off, and I’m havin’ a good time, and they’re laughing at me cause, uh, I’m a dummy,’
”This is what’s happening with our leadership, and this is what’s happening with our country. He’s in Asia, and he’s calling in, and people are saying isn’t it wonderful that he’s calling in. Our country needs a leader.
“We have a leader. He’s the president of the United States. He should have gotten people in a room and made a deal. There was no reason for a supercommittee.”
Howard Fineman, a political commentator and journalist was on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, when he also said that Obama should have been involved with the supercommittee instead of making his Asian trip. Fineman told Matthews,
“I often find myself in the role of Monday morning quarterbacking with this president, who I think his heart is in the right place, but he often doesn’t know how to execute the politics of it.
“He probably should have gone in there and said, ‘I’m gonna have to lead us in doing it. Somebody’s got to lead.’ There’s no leadership anywhere in this city.”
Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Doug Schoen joined the rest in laying the blame on Obama’s shoulders. They even went so far as to say that Obama’s leadership as president has been so poor that he needs to step down from office immediately for the sake of the nation. The two of them wrote,
“One year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued down his overly partisan road, the nation would be ‘guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.’ The result has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline.”
So it seems that the cloud of supercommittee toxic waste that formed over the Capitol Building this week has drifted over to the White House, which is starting to feel the effects of the fallout. Obama has been quick to blame other presidents for what happened during their administrations, so it’s about time he stood up like a real man and take the heat for HIS failure and follow the advice of his fellow Democrats and step down now.