Quote of the day–Warm up act edition
Say what you will about Karl Rove, but he knows politics. He has an article in the WSJ today in which he talks about the president’s mistaken belief that he had the power to schedule an address before a joint session of Congress and how he was reminded what “co-equal branches of government” meant.
He then discusses why Obama had to move the speech and how it now ends up in non-primetime before the opening NFL game of the season. Which brings us to our quote of the day:
The great danger facing Mr. Obama tonight is that the public simply tunes him out, viewing his pronouncements as either irrelevant or annoying.
It’s been a dramatic fall for a man who was, his supporters assured us in 2008, America’s best orator since Abraham Lincoln. Now he’s reduced to a warm-up act for a football game.
Amazing how that works, no? Talk, talk, talk and no action and pretty soon, well, people begin ignoring you. Imagine that.
Oh, and on the leadership issue? Rove discusses some recent polling, compares it with some previous polling and then tells a simple truth:
There was one other telling number, buried in this week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll: When he was inaugurated, 70% felt that Mr. Obama had "strong leadership qualities." Today, only 42% feel that way. And when voters stop seeing a president as a strong leader, they generally stop seeing him as president.
Call it our second quote of the day.