The New Democratic Agenda
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 2:06 pm
President Obama just fielded questions about the way forward following last night’s election and the huge gains made by Republicans in the House. He refused to concede that his policy decisions made up to this point in his presidency are the reason the electorate voted overwhelmingly against Democrats last night, instead citing widespread frustration over the state of the economy, unemployment and the fact that Washington hasn’t done a better job kicking it back into gear. Asked whether there’s a chance that Democrats and Republicans will be able to compromise on anything in the upcoming congressional session, the president seemed to lay out an agenda that will likely guide Democrats’ efforts in the new year:
1. Reduce the federal deficit
2. Promote a clean energy economy
3. Make sure our children are the best educated in the world.
No mention of cap-and-trade, no mention of immigration reform. Pushing health care reform when he had a large majority in both chambers made sense strategically. Pushing education reform and investments in clean energy makes sense now that he doesn’t.
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