Obama's presidency: failed leadership or failed political system?
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This paper clearly objects to the argument put forth by Robert Kuttner that President Obama's failures in his first two years in office were due to failures of leadership. The paper blames inherent conditions in government, politics, and the media for Obama's inability to bring about transformative reform. According to this author, ideological and partisan polarization are deeper than ever and various forms of parliamentary obstruction are being employed. The paper describes some of these methods, among them are: delaying in committees, demanding a super-majority vote (60 rather than 51), and filibusters. The author concludes that all of these factors lead to a natural swing away from the governing party at midterm elections.
From the Paper:"In his book "A presidency in peril", Kuttner makes the argument that Obama's first two years in office represent a failure of leadership, but I agree with Edwards that, considering the circumstances and the current American political system, no president can be a transformative leader today in the way that Kuttner would like, so Obama couldn't anyway have done what he wanted and achieve his agenda completely.
"Inherited conditions in government and politics, in addition to the media, have deeply influenced Obama's presidency by restraining his capacity to govern, which is nowadays principally shaped by the political landscape. Obama had to face the usual institutional obstacles (such as a heightened partisanship, filibuster, conservative public opinion...) which slowed his will for rapid policy change and in some policy areas even prevent him from any transformative reform. As Edwards shows, the White House's strategy of going public support and bipartisanship in Congress couldn't have worked and was a mistake."
Sample of Sources Used:
- A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, Robert Kuttner, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010
- Reaching for a New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama's First Two Years, Theda Skopcol, Lawrence R. Jacobs, Russell Sage Foundation, 2010
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