The New York Times Bob Herbert writes: "How can you look out for the interests of working people with Tim Geithner whispering in one ear and Larry Summers in the other?" The column also makes note of Obama's recent adoption of the populist bromide "fight," as in "I will fight for you..." That's boilerplate, ca. 2000/2004 Bob Shrum Democrat rhetoric. It didn't work for Gore, it didn't work for Kerry, and it won't work for Team Obama in the midterms. It's already time for a course correction for the course correction.
How can you look out for the interests of working people with Tim Geithner whispering in one ear and Larry Summers in the other?
Now with his poll numbers down and the Democrats’ filibuster-proof margin in the Senate about to vanish, Mr. Obama is trying again to position himself as a champion of the middle class. Suddenly, with the public appalled at the scandalous way the health care legislation was put together, and with Democrats facing a possible debacle in the fall, Mr. Obama is back in campaign mode. Every other utterance is about “fighting” for the middle class, “fighting” for jobs, “fighting” against the big banks.