The GOP is so busy trying to do and say ANYTHING they can to screw Obama's legacy, they aren't paying attention to what it is doing to them politically in the long run and how ugly they look to the casual observer right now. The 2012 election showed this and 2014 will be no different. It may take a few more elections, but the GOP as currently configured is headed for the dustbin of political history -- permanently, largely thanks to the Obama Presidency. So even if Obama accomplishes NOTHING ELSE in his second term (a likely prospect), this particular legacy will prove more valuable to the regular working people of this country than the legacy of any other Democratic President in the modern era. We are essentially watching the final stage of a struggle that began with the Civil War. Newsflash: The North Wins in the End.
I love how fools on the right don't get this. Obama has 75% of the country behind him. He's a moderate right winger (now virtually extinct from the GOP). The beltway class loves him -- David Gregory Loves Him. He wants to cut safety nets and he's a Hawk. Liberals think he's pretty much a traitor to them but they will take him over ANY GOP guy. Anyone who opposes him looks like a left or a extreme right loony to the average voter. He's insulated in that way. It's the GOP that is going crazy trying to oppose him no matter what, desperately trying to attract his dwindling set of haters. The GOP now embraces the sequester siding with Ron Paul's rationale of all people on those Military Cuts. They are officially a fringe party now. Of course their game plan is to stall the recovery and blame Obama. But Obama's getting the Corporations AND a supermajority of the populace on his and the Democratic team's side. Obama's Legacy = Democratic Majorities for Years To Come especially now that the corps are making record profits. Where does this leave the GOP? Can they really claim they could be MORE CENTRIST and BETTER FOR BUSINESS than this guy? LOL.
The bottom line is the leadership and most of the GOP as currently configured has gone over to the Ron/Rand Paul fringe. They have also embraced extreme right wing social positions as well. Add to that the Ryan-Bain-Capital-style economic agenda and you have the makings of a hopelessly doomed party. The blatant racism for Obama and his supporters (who actually want the "entitlement" of the right to vote -- how dare they!) now on display only nails the coffin in further for these people.
On the other side, guess what we have in Obama 2013? We have Reagan. The real Reagan. Yeah I'm talking about Obama. Who is currently pushing policies that are far closer to something the Real Reagan would agree with. Reagan was no tea partier -- he was no Ron Paul. Ok Obama is better than Reagan for progressive causes, I suppose. But that's how he's gonna "work it" from here on out. He's gonna appeal to the beltway center-right. Folks like David Gregory, Tom Brokaw, Ed Rendell, Simpson, etc. All these guys are committed to the "Balanced approach" and they clearly see the Ryan Plan and Rand Paul as fringe.
I know liberals hate this centristy crap, and for good reason. It's bad policy. But it SEEMS reasonable to the masses, that's all that matters. The good news for liberals and the country is: THE BALANCED APPROACH WILL NEVER PASS UNDER OBAMA. It won't pass now because gerrymandered teaparty Republicans are committed to opposing anything Obama proposes because he, Obama, proposed it. It won't pass when Democrats increase their majorities after successive elections, because the liberal voice will be much stronger and the plan won't include entitlement cuts.
So I ask that liberals just calm down and let this bluff of the "balanced approach" by Obama play out --(unless it really looks like it's gonna pass -- then make all the noise you want) But I promise you, it won't be accepted by the GOP as currently configured. Obama has all but guaranteed this by calling it "MY PLAN" and he knows this full well. But what it will do is make the GOP a permanent minority party for YEARS TO COME -- their refusal to work with a plan dubbed by the beltway as "EMINENTLY REASONABLE AND BALANCED" will look like lunacy to all but a lunatic fringe. Are you starting to see the poker game Obama is playing here yet? I believe I do.
And those who really hate Obama should listen to yourselves. You sound SO PETTY. SO DUMB, really. You can't even refer to our President without calling him dumb names or accusing him of the most outlandish crap. It is just this kind of juvenile behavior and baseless hate from a large portion of the GOP, which includes the leadership, that is marginalizing the party. In the absence of true reasons to despise this President -- who hasn't spent any more than any other President faced with a massive economic downturn (probably A LOT LESS, to his discredit) -- so many on the right side just want to label him a socialist or a Muslim or whatever. It's sad to behold. And it's clear they do this because they have really nothing factual to say to disparage Obama, at least from the right-wing point of view. (On social issues, maybe, that is all. But then again, EVERY issue is now a social issue to the GOP when there's a black president.) Obama has deported tons of so-called illegals & sealed the borders. He's been a competent moderate, Republican President for all practical purposes (if you look at the current law and tax structure, it's bent to the center-right), much to the dismay of real left liberals -- REAL SOCIALISTS!!. If a President McCain had done EXACTLY the same things Obama has done he would be being praised by the right NOW for improving the economy while still keeping taxes low. Our side would be complaining about a jobless recovery.
So that's Obama's legacy. Add to that an 8-year Obama filibuster on the Bain Capital Econ Plan, ie, the GOP plan for the economy. I think it will hold up well when seen in this light.