by Zelia Cardoso de Mello
May 28, 2011 - New York, NY. Obama has been a disappointment for a lot of Americans, me included. He gives up very quickly, like he has no principles and surprisingly he has been a horrible communicator, incapable of explaining of what is going on, what is at stake, who is responsible for the deficit and so on. Not to mention that Wall Street still controls Washington. But really the worse is to be black mailed all the time. Had he said no in the lame duck season, maybe we won’t be where we are, begging the radical Republicans to raise the debt ceiling.
His popularity decreased and only recovered after killing Bin Laden. But that would not be enough to guarantee reelection. On the other side, however, things are not going well. There are too many pre candidates in the Republican side and they are all very weak. Moreover, their proposal for the fiscal situation is very unfair to most Americans: leave the cut taxes for the rich untouchable and cut the benefits for seniors and low income. As a consequence, the candidates are in bad spot: if they want to win the convention and be the Republican nominated they have to defend those ideas. But, with those ideas and proposals they can’t win the election. That is why democrats are laughing out loud, for now.