CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 27, 2014 — During the final days of the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama had a good time spiking the football at each campaign stop as he counted down the days to “hope and change” in November.
With only a week left before the mid-term elections of 2014, another countdown has begun. This time however, it signals the end of the reign of King Barack I.
By Wednesday morning of next week, Father Goose will be a full-fledged lame duck.
It won’t be a rapid transition. Obama will still have a couple of months to continue banging the monkey wrench he has thrown into the American political machine. But the message will be clear.
Attorney General Eric Holder is already a casualty, and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Ariz., will become one when he yields his gavel to his mortal enemies. The tidal wave is coming and there is nothing the Democrats can do to stop it.
Not that the vote will be a mandate for Republican policies. Rather it will be anti-Obama election and his coat-tail gang will pay the price.
When the 2-month transition period is over, the president will still have two full years to work whatever mischief he can dream up. It will be more difficult to accomplish his goals having turned over Congress to the opposition party, but he can still try to play his political games.
When Obama took the oath of office in 2009, it was a Democratic sweep. The party controlled the presidency, the Senate and the House. After the election of 2014, Barack will be the last man standing.
Obama and his narcissism squandered an opportunity as America’s first black president to create something great. He could have healed many of the racial divides that have instead widened during his tenure.
Instead, Obama’s policies are “blowing in the wind” of unpopularity, though there will still be more than 700 days before he will be completely out of the picture. The president is fading; just not fast enough.
The good news for Obama is that he can now spend more time on the golf course and filling in his NCAA basketball brackets.
Of course he will continue to make speeches, but nobody will be listening. The “one speech” president hit his home run in his first at bat during the Democratic convention in 2004. There were a few singles and doubles after that, but lately he has been striking out the microphone. We have heard it all before. The rhetoric is empty and everyone knows it.
The bad news is that our enemies in the Middle East know all too well how the American government operates. They will not use the two year interim between presidents to play. The world is much more serious for them.
That means the global community could become even more dangerous while Obama remains at the helm of the Titanic.
For the moment the Republicans are playing not to lose rather than playing to win. If they do take control of Congress, the best thing they could do is establish a strong foundation for true leadership during the coming two years that will provide the country with a definite choice for the next president.
Most analysts do not seem optimistic about that possibility, but one can only hope that the Republicans have a positive plan in place if the stars align as expected next week.
And so Countdown 2014 has begun. Obama gets at least a one hour reprieve over the weekend when the clocks change back to standard time. Other than that, Father Time marches on and the big gloved hand on the president’s Mickey Mouse watch is gradually moving toward the inevitable.
So while the vice president is “Biden his time” and the president is between a “Barack and a hard place,” this is one election where being a gracious victor will be way, way out of the question.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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