These comments on the GOP and Saul Alinsky may point to one of the problems the President is going to have this election season, and that is the question of the alternative he has offered and implemented and the results we’ve seen since his ascension to office.
In 2008, to some of the electorate his vision of the role of government appeared to be a constructive alternative. Now, it’s harder to present his program that way, and he hasn’t offered, well, a constructive alternative for the second term he wants.
The Democrats passed their economic vision in early 2009 with the claims it would lead to a robust recovery from the deep recession of 2008-2009. It did not. Now a large portion of that spending has been added to the national debt, and people are beginning to realize that without a significant change in the course of the federal budget, it must eventually begin to collapse, as we’ve begun to see in parts of Europe.
This I think will be something the GOP ticket will have going for it, especially with Paul Ryan as the VP candidate. They have an alternative to offer. Mr. Romney will be able to represent it well, and Mr. Ryan I suspect will be able to articulate it clearly in a way that more voters will be likely to follow a detailed discussion than is normally the case. At least I hope so.
In any case, there’s a certain irony to the President’s predicament. Having sought to displace established powers he disagreed with, he is now in the position of the establishment, opposed by an increasingly organized group aiming to turn the tables. It should be interesting to watch.