Roland Martin has unwittingly outlined a plan that is sure to see Republicans take control of the House and the Senate. His opinion piece encourages Obama to "go 'gangsta' on GOP". Given the recent successes in places like Massachusetts and Obama's dwindling public support Roland's advice is a sure fire path to success for the GOP.
I have some advice for Obama as well: Just keep ignoring the people and everything will be alright. Come November the burden of leadership will no longer be the Democrat's problem.
Roland and Obama just don't seem to understand that the problems facing them are not the GOP's doing. With a super majorities in the House and Senate the GOP could not have stopped anything. It was not the GOP that spoke in Massachusetts it was the people. They made clear that the path Obama was pursuing was not the one they wanted. Ignore the voters at your own peril.
The following article appeared on CNN:
Time for Obama to go 'gangsta' on GOP
(CNN) -- Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer made famous the phrase, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."
For me, I'm sick and tired of Democrats having power and being unwilling to use it. I've always respected Republicans when they had power because they were willing to use it and maybe apologize later.
Today, President Obama walked into the White House briefing room and took some questions, and one of them revolved around recess appointments.
He has watched Republicans block many of his appointments, and now he says he made it clear to them that he will "consider" making some when the U.S. Senate goes into recess.
"One senator, as you all are aware, had put a hold on every single nominee that we had put forward due to a dispute over a couple of earmarks in his state," President Obama said.
"In our meeting, I asked the congressional leadership to put a stop to these holds in which nominees for critical jobs are denied a vote for months. Surely we can set aside partisanship and do what's traditionally been done to confirm these nominations.
If the Senate does not act -- and I made this very clear -- if the Senate does not act to confirm these nominees, I will consider making several recess appointments during the upcoming recess, because we can't afford to allow politics to stand in the way of a well-functioning government."
This is where the president needs to show his toughness and just do it. Forget the threats. The actions of Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and other Republican obstructionists will continue if President Obama allows them to run roughshod over him. When you're the top dog, you do what you have to do to govern. Allowing Republican senators to continue to deny your appointments is nonsense.
If all of them choose to support a filibuster, then you take it to the American people and show the obstructionists for what they are. You get your grass-roots movement fired up to stand up and do something. The political right used its base to go after Democrats who blocked appointments to the federal bench and other positions. So why not be just as aggressive?
If there are members of your own party who stand in the way, such as Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, then you also blast them and make them pay for acting so foolishly.
This president got rolled by the Senate over health care. His team made some boneheaded mistakes, and now they are paying for them. Continuing to play footsie with opponents will only get him into more trouble. He should set a deadline to have his folks confirmed. If not, appoint them all during the recess and go on about your business.
Obama's critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics. So, fine. Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let 'em know that if they aren't with you, they are against you, and will pay the price.
Yes, yes, please channel your inner Al Capone. Go 'gangsta' on the GOP and the voters. That my friend is a sure fire path to success, not for you of course, but for the GOP.