Last week was rough for President Obama.
First: Obama’s biggest domestic achievement, “Obamacare,” took a beating from the Supreme Court Justices and for the first time, Obama and the Democrats had to face the very real possibility that the law could be struck down. While it is difficult to gauge what kind of public reaction would result if Obamacare is overturned, President Obama will almost certainly take a beating in the polls. Not only would Obama’s greatest achievement be overturned, but also, didn’t Obama teach constitutional law? And if it is found that he has passed a law that is unconstitutional, that is not the kind of thing that inspires confidence in one’s leadership abilities or in the direction he is planning to take the country. The phrase “Hope and Change” should begin to ring hollow to many independent voters.
Second: Obama’s 2012 budget proposal flopped in the House of Representatives by a vote of 0-414. Not a single Democrat voted for it. The Washington post makes the point that Obama’s budget proposals have had little success in congress. Just last year, Obama’s budget was rejected by the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats.
Third: Obama’s most prominent solution to high gas prices sounds as hollow and ineffective as his Solyndra investment. In order to combat high gas prices, Obama is going across the country stating “We need to take away the oil industry’s subsidies.” While the act of taking away the oil industry’s subsidies would perhaps provide some emotional satisfaction – aka “stickin’ it to the man,” what intelligent person actually believes that taking away a company’s subsidies will actually lower prices? Most likely, it will raise prices. And it certainly won’t solve America’s energy problems. Removing the oil industry’s subsidies is a political game, nothing more.
Romney’s week, on the other hand, was very good.
#1) Romney blew past the halfway point in the number of delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination. In fact, Romney passed the halfway point even before Tuesday’s primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C.
#2) Romney swept all three contests on Tuesday. In Wisconsin, Romney won by 7% over his nearest competitor. In Maryland, Romney won by 20%. And in D.C., Romney won by a whopping 58%.
#3) The Supreme Court hearings on health care provided some valuable support for Romney in defending Romneycare while denouncing Obamacare. The main lawyer who is suing the Federal government to overturn Obamacare said that while it is unconstitutional for the federal government to implement a nationwide mandate, individual states do in fact have that authority. So from a strictly constitutional perspective, Romney is correct in arguing that what he implemented in Massachusetts is OK, but what Obama instituted is wrong for the country.
#4) Huge Endorsements: Last week some of the biggest names in the Republican Party endorsed Mitt Romney. Endorsements came from people like former President George H.W. Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and House Budge Chairman Paul Ryan. All of these endorsements show that the Republican Party is coalescing around Mitt Romney.