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or has he just pooed the bed?
but however it came to be it's a good thing
but it just feels a bit desperate, which further contributes to the growing impression that Obama's isn't a great politician.
In terms of natural skill, he's light years ahead of anyone in the whole of the US at the moment. I doubt anyone else, having had the year that he's had and unemployment at 10%, could still summon an approval rating of 53%.
I think maybe he's just not the right kind of politician for the current situation. What's needed is a head cracker, arm twisting type, and he's a consensus builder in a time when consensus building is near impossible.
It’s difficult because despite being personally popular, he doesn’t actually have that much leverage over some of the more conservative members of the Democratic caucus, and they’re the ones who are being difficult. The person considered the most conservative dem, Ben Nelson, is from Nebraska where Obama is pretty unpopular, which means bucking him rather than going along with him is more likely to go over well at home. So trying to strong-arm someone like that is likely to be counterproductive anyway.
"In the UK, shadow chancellor George Osborne said that if the Conservatives won the next general election, they would impose an identical dismantling of UK banks to those suggested by the US president." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8473294.stm
It's good to know where the Tories get their policies from.