Friday, January 24, 2014
Obama's Surveillance Problem Is the Dems' Surveillance Problem
I'm sure Barack Obama is huddled with his speechwriters at this very moment, and is crafting a wide-ranging, precise, balanced, statesmanlike address. Unfortunately, no one is interested in a wide-ranging, precise, balanced, statesmanlike address -- they want to know what he's going to do to get the NSA the hell away from them.
Poor Obama -- it's just not in his nature to recognize a BIG problem when he sees it, and to solve it. Every problem goes into the "analysis pending" folder, and gets mixed in with a thousand other policy initiatives and projects and working groups and review panels and expert commissions.
There is no question that he will be content to let this problem fester for the rest of 2014. (Kiss the midterms goodbye.) And beyond. I wonder when people are going to wake up to the fact that the Democratic Party may be dragged down by the NSA surveillance scandal in 2016.
What's that? The Democratic Party didn't create the problem in the first place? I'm sorry: completely irrelevant. Politics is all about "now."
My prediction? Republican candidates in the 2014 midterms are going to say, "Hey - I'm a 4th amendment supporter! Vote me in and I'll get the government out of your hair! Obama may be afraid of the guys at the NSA, but I'm not!" Which puts Democratic candidates in a rather awkward position. What can they say, without appearing insipid on the one hand -- or incurring the wrath of the Chief on the other?
(See The Surveillance Issue: The Fulcrum of the 2014 Election?)
(See What Will Election 2014 Boil Down To? )
(See Fed Up With Being Spied On)