Will Obama’s Job Speech End Political Gamesmanship?

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President Barack Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

After the August jobs report came in showing the economy flat lining (at least for a month) on new jobs, President Obama’s jobs plan is coming right on time. After a summer of political gamesmanship, lazy @ss Congress is back at work. We will now see if all the “big talk” will turn into action. Or will it be more of the ideological bickering that led to gridlock this past year, and whining by the Democrats that the President is not fighting hard enough?

I want to see if the mighty-mouthed Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is going to continue to get punked and their butts kicked by the Tea Partiers, or if they are going to stand up for their constituents’ interests in the same way the Tea Party throws down for theirs. It is one thing to call for a trillion-dollar jobs package; it’s another thing to pass one. Will the President put the “bully” back in the bully pulpit? What is Congress putting up…besides more rhetoric? Is the gamesmanship going to continue?

Everybody appears to be emboldened during this period of employment desperation. It’s opened the door for the noise and noisemakers to create the illusions and delusions for which ideologues have become known. Republicans think government can’t save us and new taxes will bury us. Democrats think government, namely the President, can make industry create work for a segment that has been discriminated against forever. I’ll be curious to find out how many people were hired as a consequence of attending one of the CBC job fairs around the country. Or were they another “smoke and mirrors” exercise designed to make politicians look good? Industry will always show up. They don’t always hire. It was a demonstration in showing the level of frustration out there. It was great theater, and it pandered to a most desperate base, black people.

But as one curtain comes down, and another one comes up, does everybody know their cues? I’m sure the Republicans know theirs. They continue to frustrate the process, as John Boehner showed in not deferring to the President’s wish to speak to Congress a day earlier. They continue to tap his chest and knock the chip off his shoulder. And certainly less sophisticated players would be in a fight by now; I know I would. But it’s the same strategy he used to get elected President. If the President loses control in an all-out fight, it reduces the political landscape to “politics as usual,” which is what the Republicans want. They want him to use old tactics to fight this politic of obstructionism and gamesmanship. What are the Democrats in Congress doing to deflect that? What is the CBC doing to deflect the obstructionism, other than becoming a part of the rhetorical gamesmanship? We’ll see.

Anthony SamadThose Democrats in the schoolyard yelling “fight, fight, fight,” were quiet as church mice in the debt ceiling debate, but got brave during the summer vacation. Now that they’re back in school, they’re the ones calling for the President to fight harder. It seems they are quicker to push somebody else into a fight than fight themselves. Let’s see if they can get a trillion-dollar jobs package through Congress, even if the President doesn’t propose it.

You bad! Go ahead, DO something. Besides talk.

This is going to be an interesting session of Congress, if the Democrats really know how to fight. Yeah, we’ll be watching the President squabble, but will it be 218 against 218, or will it be 1 against 435? Are the members of the CBC just looking to push the President into a fight, or are they willing to push the Democrats in Congress to fight? We’ll see where the rhetoric meets the road, very soon.

Anthony Samad
Black Commentator

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