Regardless of how all of the votes in Washington turn out for President Obama this week, his presidential legacy will likely continue to take a beating for years to come
Thursday is a big day in the presidential legacy of President Barack Obama. Everyone knows this.
Between the impending Supreme Court decision on the notorious Obamacare reform law (and its extremely-questionable individual mandate) and the historic Contempt of Congress vote concerning Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Administration will have plenty of rallying points to champion or spin by the end of the week. With the mixed bag of victories and loss for the administration coming as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 law earlier, President Obama and his surrogates will continue the delicate balance of stoking his base and pleading his case in order to maximize the political opportunities with each development.
Yet, as the narrative of this presidency continues to play out, the once seemingly-invincible Obama image has morphed into a fragile legacy that already bears the marks of voter disappointment, leadership shortcomings, and political overreach.
That tone and those convictions seemingly shifted with each decisive political development, a trend that might have the Obama re-election campaign scrambling in the days ahead, all while continuing to erode the promise of a shining presidential legacy. If the past is any indication, the pleas for bipartisan participation in Congress will ebb when and if Democrats have hold of power in either chamber on Capitol Hill come 2013. The president’s current ire towards the Bush-era tax rates may wane again, just as it did when he signed the extension to those tax rates into law in the lame duck session in 2010. At the same time, he prioritized those tax rates and working with minority Republicans to pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” over working towards passing the DREAM Act. For his staunchest supporters, the community volunteer offered little to mirror the promise of the first Black and urban president in the White House and, at times, offended this constituency, not inspired them.
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