Where’s the love? Even Obama’s liberal base bailing

Posted on 27 May, 2014 by AmyElizabeth

Nearly halfway through his ballyhooed “year of action,” President Obama isn’t getting much traction.
The president kicked off this election year by vowing to use his presidential “phone and pen” more often, taking executive action to create policies when congressional Republicans are blocking his agenda. Through the first five months of this year, Mr. Obama has taken more than 20 such actions, such as raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and designating a vast national monument in New Mexico.
But there is little evidence that voters, especially in Mr. Obama’s liberal base, care.
“Year of Action?” asked Republican strategist John Feehery. “How about ‘Year of Blah’?”
Cable networks that typically fawn over Mr. Obama’s agenda are going “live” less often to air his campaign-style events, as when the president traveled to New York state two weeks ago to urge Congress to approve more money for road and bridge repairs. Mr. Obama said at the time that he was taking another executive action: to speed up the federal permitting process for such projects.
Also interfering with Mr. Obama’s “year of action” have been periodic blunders by the administration, such as the problems with Obamacare at the start of the year and the scandal this month about delays in veterans’ health care.
An emotional surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan over the weekend was marred in part by an inadvertent White House revelation of the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul as part of the receiving delegation.
Political analysts say the episodes are calling into question the president’s leadership abilities.