Has Obama Become Irrelevant?
Posted at 11 a.m. on April 16
Ramesh Ponnuru notes that while President Obama may have won reelection in 2012, he has been mostly sidelined in the major policy debates of his second term.
“His campaign for new gun regulations is fizzling out — and not, primarily, because of opposition from the Republican House or filibuster threats from Republican senators… Liberals can celebrate the rapidly increasing support for same-sex marriage. Most of the action on that issue, though, is taking place in state legislatures, referendums and the courts… The main policy achievement that liberals have made since the election was the tax increase at the start of the year… But the most powerful force in that debate was inertia, not Obama.”
“On immigration, the budget and other issues, the president will, of course, have influence: Senate Democrats won’t want to break with him in public. There is, however, essentially no chance that he will veto anything that the Democratic Senate passes, and thus Republicans can safely pay him little attention on many issues.”