Edward Luce’s FT piece on how Rahm Emannuel and a tight Chicago-based cabal are ruining the Obama administration is the talk of DC. What I remember from when Rahm used to disagree about things with Nancy Pelosi when they were both in the House, Pelosi was always right so it’s fine by me if people criticize him. But what I don’t understand is what the thing is that’s supposed to be the fault of Obama’s political team. I think any serious look at the situation would have to conclude that Obama’s political advisors are doing a great job.
It’s true that David Axelrod hasn’t successfully hypnotized the congressional Republicans and forced them to vote for Obama’s bills. But nobody can do that. What the White House political team can do is try to create a situation in which people think Obama’s ideas are better than the ideas of those who are voting against his ideas. And they’ve succeed at this
Similarly, asked which party they trust, people picked the Democrats over the Republicans 43 to 37. Or to look at it broadly, unemployment is over 10 percent and consistently more people approve of Obama’s job performance than disapprove. Considering the objective situation, other words, Obama’s political position is incredibly strong.