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I'm curious as to how America will react to the thought of the Obama 12-day vacation after the election. Will the idea of them booking every room, restaurant and banquet facility in the Taj raise the ire against irresponsible spending? That number doesn't include the other 215 rooms booked in other luxury hotels in Mumbai. I noticed the Taj is completely booked all week, not just the two days O will be there so I assume the taxpayers are picking up that tab also.
It's unfortunate for some democrats I think really don't deserve to be voted out as they had tried to be a voice of reason. I think the party is going to take a tremendous hit for the arrogance of the WH.
That’s a great question and an interesting dilemma for Democrats, especially the fiscally and socially conservative Democrats who are most at risk in this election. Safe Democrats (if there is such an animal in this election cycle) won’t be affected by controversy surrounding El Presidente’s trip. They’re entrenched elitists and for many of them, this is how they want to spend their vacations when they grow up.
But for Democrats in purplish states and Congressional Districts, this kind of stuff is what makes conservative Democrats turn Republican. Imagine your party being handed a historic electoral defeat, despite your rank and file having laid their political careers on the line to support the party standard bearer’s legislative agenda.
Instead of helping the party pick up some pieces and figure out the way forward, the standard bearer goes on a two-week, lavish vacation to the eastern hemisphere, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of dollars. Do reasonable Democrats shrug it off, or do they see it as an iconic display of Obama’s arrogance and aloofness?
The weeks following the election will be interesting.
BTW, if you aren’t following Julie on Twitter, shame on ya. The lady is a gifted writer and a keen political observer.
10/25/10 UPDATE: Here’s a story that hit Fox News this morning. Fox News is either reading this blog, or is following Julie on Twitter.
Just days after the Democratic Party is expected to suffer some level of defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama will leave Washington and head overseas. The White House has scheduled one of the longest trips of the presidency so far, with a 10-day multi-country tour that commences just two days after votes have been cast.
The trip, which has been planned for quite some time, includes a stop in Japan at the end of the itinerary for the annual Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting which is scheduled for November 13 -14th.
But it's the departure date that some have said shows the president rushing off after the November 2nd elections.
One conservative critic called it the "Elvis has left the building" technique which enables the president to dodge inconvenient encounters. Ernest Istook, a former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma and a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation calls the president's absence ill-timed saying, "aside from the elections, he's making himself unavailable to prepare for the major issues in the lame duck session of Congress that starts November 15th."
The reaction from conservatives is predictable—this is no time to be gallivanting around the globe, bowing to heads of state and staying in ritzy resorts. But the real key is how moderate and conservative Democrats will take it.
For the most part, it’s the moderates who’s scalps will be taken on November 2. Having the leader of the party essentially abandon the Capital before the dust even settles has to be insult added to injury.