If you’ll remember, President Obama and the Democrats took a beating in November. A “shellacking,” as the president himself called it.
As is usually the case with the media and the 24 hour news cycle, pundits quickly forgot about that.
Then the lame duck session started.
In one final gasp, the Democratic Congress pushed a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the passage of the DREAM Act and a pork-laden Omnibus, sought an end to the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 and ratification of the new START treaty with Russia. Of all those five things, the Democrats got a grand total of… two. And in the case of the Bush tax cuts, the great Democratic president of hope and change from the past eight years signed an extension of the capstone of the Bush presidency.
So what’s everyone talking about just before Christmas? Obama is the “comeback kid!” He’s the new Bill Clinton! This, translated, boils down to one word: “hallelujah!”
At Obama’s post-lame duck press conference, the media was bursting at the seams in manufactured excited for “the comeback kid.” The phrase itself is so annoying I don’t why anyone takes it seriously.
The first question was oozing with love and endearment: “You racked up a lot of wins in the last few weeks that a lot of people thought would be difficult to come by. Are you ready to call yourself the comeback kid?” said Reuters’ Caren Bohan.
Gag me. The fact is that even with a nearly identical Congress to what he had before the election, Obama still didn’t even manage to get half of his to-do list finished. This isn’t isn’t a comeback at all, it’s just pathetic. He had nearly insurmountable majorities in each chamber of Congress and that’s still all he could manage?
What’s more pathetic, however, is the media narrative throughout the whole thing. If I hear the word “comeback kid” one more time, I may inject cement into my eardrums. Beyond the praise for the President, Politico is already shouting that Mitch McConnell is losing his “iron grip,” despite the fact he killed the Omnibus bill in the Senate by holding together the Republican caucus even though many of its members had special projects in the same bill.
The media may be feeling pretty good about their president at the moment, and I’m sure Obama is enjoying his Hawaiian vacation over Christmas. But when both come back at the start of the new year, they may find out the new House majority and an empowered Senate Republican caucus is less like a Hawaiian sunset and more like a Hawaiian Punch.