If you watch the 10 o’clock news or nightline you have undoubtedly seen the ad by Americans United for Change which urges Senator Grassley to support Obama’s stimulus package and “reject the failed policies of the past.” Below is the ad:
I think the ads are well done, but I also think these ads show Obama’s arrogance. Yes President Obama, we know you won the election, but Grassley has also won an election or two, and if Obama thinks that 53% vote provides him a dictatorial mandate, then he should have more respect a Senator like who has been re-elected with 70%, 68%, 69%, and 66% in his last 4 campaigns.
I also think that it’s ironic that Obama lashed out last night at Republicans for being united is their opposition to the bill. Obama and the Democrats are blaming the Republicans for being partisan, but wasn’t it Obama who is playing partisan politics by attacking people like Grassley in his home state with TV ads rather than sitting down and talking with him? I don’t see the Republicans running anti-stimulus ads out there?
I also think it was a bad move for these ads to use Obama’s voice. I understand why they would think that’s a good idea, but now with the bill in doubt, Obama risks putting up a big loss on his record in the early days of his administration. And like I said above, using Obama’s voice shows the American people that it’s Obama who is using the partisan politics of that we are so used too.
Obama and his team need to realize that the campaign is over and it’s time to govern. His little temper tantrum last night about how the economic crisis was a little gift waiting for him is ridiculous. He ran for the job knowing what it entailed, and one could say that it was the economic crisis that lead to him winning in November. A majority of the American people thought Obama was best suited to deal with this crisis, now he needs to affirm they faith the American people have entrusted him with.
Lead or Go Home
I guess that’s my new motto…