Cheney’s Obama-one-term-presidency delusion

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 1/25/2011, 8:49 a.m.

Cheney’s war on Obama is about the GOP regaining power, control, political dominance, protecting its corporate and financial interests, its strict construction definition and enforcement of the laws, and more broadly the imposing of its philosophical view of how government should be run. The presidency is the grand prize that pulls the political, economic and philosophical threads on how government and power will be exercised together for the GOP.

It’s not enough for the GOP to win big in the House and gain valuable ground in the Senate as the party did during the November mid-terms. Senate Democrats will still largely march to the president’s tune and will stymie any of the wilder, way out initiatives and pieces of legislation that the Tea Party influenced House will pass to thumb its nose at, embarrass and weaken the Obama administration.

President Obama also has two more big weapons to bolster his administration and re-election chances. That’s the power of the veto which presidents use strategically and effectively against the other party. The other big weapon is the power of the bully pulpit to shape and mold public opinion, and even turn a crisis into a triumph. Obama’s deft use of that to drive home the message of tolerance, unity and civility was on full display in his Tucson speech and appearance.

As other presidents before him, Obama will continue to hear the politically charged three words, “one-term president” said about him by the GOP attack machine in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections. It comes with the political turf. Cheney knows that, but that doesn’t make it happening any less of a delusion.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.