Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Democratic Brand Is In Trouble — And It Doesn’t Even Know It Yet

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and former Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME) as he delivers remarks about Mitchell's upcoming trip to the Middle East, in the White House January 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. Mitchell, newly appointed as a U.S. envoy to the Middle East, will visit the region to support the fragile truce between Israel and Gaza. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

From FOX News:

Too much pride in oneself or in any accomplishment inevitably leads to a fall and there’s an even bigger fall coming if you are proud for all the wrong reasons — especially when those reasons include mistakenly thinking that someone else’s accomplishments are your own.

This is the biggest problem facing the Democratic brand today: taking credit for President Obama’s success.

Brand Obama’s accomplishments are Brand Obama’s. They are not the Democratic Party’s. If anything, for Candidate Obama to become President Obama, the Democratic Party was as much, or more, of a stumbling block than John McCain. The fact is, when Obama was railing again Washington on the campaign trail, the Democrats were in charge on Capitol Hill and part of that railing was directed at them (and the people loved it).

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My Comment: The Republican brand sucks also. Hell .... Congress's approval rating is around 8%.

The genius of President Obama and his closest aides is that they know this, and they have been brilliant at differentiating themselves from Congress and Congressional Democrats. The Congressional Democrats are being chastised for the pork in the stimulus bill, but President Obama has positioned himself to be against it .... even though he gladly signed this bill when it finally hit his desk this past Tuesday.

But the problem is that while President Obama and his team are protecting themselves from being hit on key issues, they are in turn giving Congress the means to lead on key issues. This cannot continue. When President Obama starts to provide the leadership that is necessary on what is more important to him than what Congress may think .... this is when the problems will start to occur.

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