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Reflection on the November 2nd, 2010 Shellacking

11/15/2010 12:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Well, the election frenzy is over and we can return the normal routine schedule of news as usual. President Obama declared last week after the midterm elections that he received in his words a "shellacking". I think that was a gross understatement, but President Obama has a gift for understating the facts, when the facts do not favor his opinion. The drubbing Democrats took on November 2, is the worst in modern political history. We have to go back to elections in the 1920s, to see a transference of House seats, Senate seats, state house seats to the other party.

The loss in seats, some 66 seats and counting, unfortunately were to many of the supporters of his health care bill and Wall Street financial reform bill, rushed through the Congress and put on his desk by Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid. Over the last week many of the defeated Democrats have called the president and complained about his request for policies that pushed most of them out of their safe Democratic seats.

I think it's important to note that the American people, Democrat and Republican, young and old, independent and libertarian, and Tea Partiers, spoke. But the Obama people have not heard the people, instead they blame the people for not understanding what they were trying to do. In fact President Obama on the day following the shellacking stated that, "You like my leadership style on the campaign trail in Iowa ... we did not do a good job of communicating what we were trying to do". I think nothing could be further from the truth that people certainly understood his health care bill, and his financial reform bill, and his plans on tax cuts. We just don't want them!

Pres. Obama and his senior adviser, David Axelrod, have created a new doublespeak. David Axelrod said, "we had to deal with the country as it is now" meaning we will provide tax cuts for all Americans and basically leave the Bush tax cuts in place. But that's not faring well with the president's base and they are demanding no tax cuts for the so-called rich who make over $200,000 per year. This is the president's own boogey man that he created with the class warfare strategy, competing Americans against each other, based on income.

In conclusion, America never moves too far to the left, or to the right. We are Americans, and we will not allow a group of academicians to control our lives with their idealistic view of the America or world. We must always remember that President Obama is more of an idealist than a realist. Before he was elected to the most powerful office in the world he had been a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law school, an Illinois State Senator (a part-time job), and ran the Harvard Law Review as a student, and his presidential campaign.

Coming into the office of POTUS without the benefit of executive level experience is difficult at best. President Woodrow Wilson had been Governor of New Jersey and the President of Princeton before becoming POTUS. There are many similarities in the first two years of the Wilson and Obama administrations. President Obama's administration for the first two years showed a lack of seasoned policy professionals, and agency administrators. It has left the president without sound policies to push forth his progressive agenda with the infrastructure support needed politically and at the grass roots. As I stated when the president chose his cabinet back in December of '08, that it is a group of people that have no pragmatic experience. In fact only 5% of his senior level people, have any business experience. This is the lowest level of business people in an administration since the Woodrow Wilson administration. The huge expansion of government, raising taxes, and opposition to big and small business are common themes for the Obama and Wilson administrations, the question is "does history repeat itself".

Whatever the answer is we will survive another two years of Obama's administration. The people will vote again as they have for the mid-terms and will answer to Mr. Obama, thanks, but thanks, let's put you in the history books beside Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and FDR.

Mr. Obama will be a one term president, largely because he fails to understand that the presidency is an office and institution unto itself, and the power, adulation, respect is for the person in the office. He thinks the rock star, starry-eyed gazes are for him, when it is the office, POTUS. Once he understands that he works for the people, he will be glad to return to Chicago, and write books.