Monday, August 30, 2010

Wise Words

Below  is a small excerpt from an op/ed piece written for CNN.  Julian Zelizer recalls the midterm elections for presidents Reagan and Clinton, and how each was able to bounce back from miserable polls.  As a Democrat frustrated by the lack of screaming and yelling coming from others in my party, I found  the words hopeful and rational.  I also think Mr. Zelizer is absolutely correct.

"But Obama must also do a better job at telling voters what he is about. While the president has a large legislative record to boast of, it remains unclear to many voters, including Democrats who support much of the record, what it all adds up to.

It's time for Obama to state his agenda and lay out a set of governing principles that will guide him in his next two years as president. It's likely that the pressure of the 2010 midterm elections will compel Obama to present an argument to the public to build a case for his presidency."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Julian E. Zelizer.

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. To read the complete article, click here: