Obama Didn't Need to 'Focus' on Economy...
...he needed the guts to do something worthwhile to save it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2010 11:30 AM CDT
Apparently, Evan Bayh thinks the problem with Democrats is that they aren't Republicans.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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(Newser) – Recently prognosticators—like Evan Bayh, in this article—have been accusing Barack Obama of “focusing on health care rather than job creation.” So Paul Krugman of the New York Times has a question: What does that even mean? Are they saying Obama should have pursued a bigger stimulus? Been tougher on the banks? “If not, what are they saying? That he should have walked around with furrowed brow muttering, ‘I’m focused, I’m focused’?”

Krugman, of course, has said all along that Obama needed a bigger stimulus, but calls his problem a lack of guts, not focus. “And why would failing to tackle health care have produced a better outcome? The focus people never explain.” What people like Bayh are essentially saying is “that Democrats should stop acting like Democrats, and go back to being Republicans-lite.” Obama would be better off taking a stand. “If the president won’t speak up for his own economic philosophy, who will?”