Frank Rich: "The president has no one to blame but himself for the caricature."


Frank Rich:

"What haunts the Obama administration is what still haunts the country: the stunning lack of accountability for the greed and misdeeds that brought America to its gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There has been no legal, moral, or financial reckoning for the most powerful wrongdoers. Nor have there been meaningful reforms that might prevent a repeat catastrophe."

"The fallout has left Obama in the worst imaginable political bind. No good deed he's done for Wall Street has gone unpunished. He is vilified as an anti-capitalist zealot not just by Republican foes but even by some former backers... The bigger political problem is that a far larger share of the American electorate views him as a tool of the very fat-cat elite that despises him. Given Obama's humble background, his history as a mostly liberal Democrat, and his famous résumé as a community organizer, this would also seem a reach. But the president has no one to blame but himself for the caricature."

Fair enough. And it's true, he has been vilified by some former backers.

However, and I repeat, a vote against President Obama (including not voting at all) is a vote for the GOP. Two words: Citizens United.

Despite our disagreements with the president-- and I have a few big ones myself-- we simply and absolutely cannot allow a Republican to win in 2012, because that victory would affect us for generations. Think of the damage BushCo did, then imagine what Bush on steroids would do, and you'll have an inkling of the immediate and drastic devolution of this country should voters elect a President BachmannWillard Mitt Romney, or Pawlenty.

H/t: Taegan