Too much focus on 2012
In the opening of the Today Show this morning, co-anchor Matt Lauer uttered one sentence that gave voice to my growing concern about our media and political culture. "We've talked about the midterm elections -- from the moment President Obama was first elected," he said. "And now, at last -- Election Day is here."
This isn't good for the republic. Before Obama had a chance to learn his way from the private residence to the East Room folks were talking about what was going to happen two years and four years later. It meant that everything he has tried to accomplish has been viewed through the prism of midterm and presidential politics rather than the regular give-and-take political process needed to get programs and policies passed by Congress and signed by the president for the benefit of the country. And it's not going to get any better.
After all, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already declared making President Obama a one-termer the party's number-one priority. In the meantime, we're all so addicted to the rush that comes from campaign chatter that we soak up nonsensical conversations that take our eyes off what's important right now (i.e. jobs). Instead, we're obsessed with Sarah "will she or won't she" Palin, with whether Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will swap jobs with Vice President Biden and with whether Obama should face a primary challenge in 2012.
That campaign, by the way, will begin the moment we know for sure whether to call Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) "Mr. Speaker."
| November 2, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
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