January 21st, 2010
10:14 AM ET

How Obama can get back on track

Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst

President Truman made popular the phrase, "The buck stops here." In his first year, President Obama has invoked that on several occasions, stepping up to take responsibility when his staff or party has messed up.

Now, in the wake of Democrats losing what was seen arguably as the safest Democratic U.S. Senate seat in America, that of the liberal lion Ted Kennedy, there is a significant amount of sniping, backbiting and finger-pointing going on between Democrats, progressives and independents that lean their way.

The loss is fresh and it stings. With the party being so close to passing the one issue that it has fought for for years, only to possibly see the issue die with the election of a Republican in the seat occupied by the greatest champion of national health care. It clearly hurts like hell for Democrats.

And it should.

When you get your butt summarily kicked, you should lick your wounds and step back and figure out what went wrong and how you failed.

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  1. John

    The President first emergency initiative should be, I think to give some meaningful support to the SBA. In that government handouts program called by the politicos as "economy stimulus" or "jobs creator", for the Small Business Administration were alocated $0.8 billions, i.e. 0.1% of the entire program. To show how much they were concerned about jobs. The big chunk of money were dedicated to reward the most likely voters for Obama.
    He's got to bite the bullet and take few billions (a small portion of the food stamps entitlement enhacement in the original program) and re-allocate them to the SBA. With this he will score some points with the GOP and the jobs created by SBA would increase his low standing in polls before he's due for reelection.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  2. Tim Gibson

    The turning of the tide will continue 10 months from now if our leadership does not step back.

    It is much more than the evil "tea party." It is the collective of people that are the backbone of this nation, without it, congress will collapse.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:38 am |