I’m pretty sure no matter what President Obama says in his “Jobs Speech” tomorrow (Thursday) evening, he’s pretty much toast. It’s already been spun as a “campaign speech” and even though the Republicans are smart enough not to extend the event into NFL Football by giving a formal rebuttal, you know they’ll pick his “plan” apart, no matter what it is.
In my opinion, he’s pretty much lost his hard-core base here in the most liberal county of this purple state.
Why do I say that?
Not just because the TV stations which can (in Green Bay and Milwaukee) have already decided to put the speech on one of their auxiliary channels, and run their local news at 6 followed by the NFL Pre-Game show. (In the arcane thinking of the NFL, Milwaukee is still the only other “home” market for the Packers other than Green Bay, though they haven’t played a game in Milwaukee for years.)
I say he’s lost the base because when our former mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, posted a link to his weekly Isthmus column/blog on Facebook Wednesday, a rant which says he’s disappointed that President Obama didn’t stick to his guns regarding fuel economy standards for American cars and trucks, the comment stream was brutal.
Here’s a sample of the comments:
“he seems to be a man who fears fighting more than capitulation and what we need right now is a fighter.”
“it stinks that we get promises and no action.”
“he is the only man I’ve ever gone door-to-door for, NEVER will I do that for him again! He has betrayed everything that I thought he stood for.”
“what he needs to do is grow a pair”. (This, from a female commenter.)
“Start fighting harder? I want to see him START. I’m fed up with him telling us that we have to all suck it up together. All of us except the super-wealthy. When does he get sick of living with himself?”
And this is a representative sample; not many kind words for the President from the locals.