President Obama has had a complicated history working with congressional Republicans, but is part of his agenda the ultimate failure of his political opposition? That was what both Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer contended tonight, with O’Reilly attributing it more to a cultural shift in the United States, while Krauthammer argued Obama’s advantage is more a consequence of winning an election.
O’Reilly said that Obama is far more interested in scoring political points by damaging the GOP than solving the nation’s problems. Krauthammer argued that has been his modus operandi for the past few years, particularly with Obama’s lack of concerns about dealing with the long-term debt. He warned that the GOP control of the House is all that stands between Obama and “total dominance of Washington.”
O’Reilly surmised that Obama just has the bully pulpit that many Republicans just lack, and therefore there is no one who can really stand up to him. Krauthammer told O’Reilly that the only reason Obama has the advantage is that he won a presidential election and has the momentum behind him. O’Reilly added that in the past twelve years, the media has become “rabidly more pro-left” and the culture is shifting rapidly.
Krauthammer assuaged O’Reilly’s fears, saying that eventually Obama’s agenda will be definitively shown to “not work” and eventually will be “rejected” by the American public.
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