The political pundits are dissecting the results of the 2010 election and pontificating about President Obama and his future. The pundits always seem to grossly overreact to the results of an election, however. After the 2008 election, many people were shoveling dirt on the Republican Party, arguing that it would be relegated to permanent minority status. Hey, how did that prediction turn out?
The overreaction to the 2010 election is similar. We have some Democrats arguing that President Obama should declare that he will not seek reelection, so that he can better deal with our pressing problems. (It’s hard for me to understand how a voluntary lame duck President would be better situated to get things done, but maybe I just don’t understand politics.) I think such talk is silly. For now, at least, we should presume that President Obama is a smart, capable politician who can figure out which way the wind is blowing. He will make adjustments. (In fact, Obama Administration officials have been doing some navel-gazing and considering how they can re-energize this presidency and rebuild the coalition that got President Obama elected in the first place.)
In the meantime, the current storyline reminds me of this classic scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the unfortunate old man in the mud-spattered village, President Obama isn’t dead yet.