Two of the nation’s best-known political strategists — one Democrat, one Republican — agreed Monday night that President-elect Barack Obama should spend the next week trying to lower expectations about his highly anticipated presidency.
Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and GOP guru Karl Rove doled out advice, dissected the 2008 election, pontificated about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s future and traded jokes at the annual dinner for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
“Campaigning is one thing,” Brazile said. “You lay out your vision. Governing is a whole different thing. What he [Obama] must do for the next eight days is to manage expectations.”
“Right now expectations are off the chart,” she added.
Rove said some of those soaring expectations have been created by Obama himself. He said the president-elect has made a moving target out of the price tag for his economic stimulus plan. And the number of jobs the plan will create or save has moved from about 2 million to as high as 4 million.
“Some of that is of his own creation,” Rove told the 1,500 business and political leaders at the dinner.
Brazile and Rove are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but off-stage are friends. The two were sharing a flight to London and then on to Africa after Monday’s appearance.
And their off-the-campaign-trail schtick is profitable. The two were paid $20,000 each for their hourlong chamber dinner appearance.
In my view the kissing cousin of the conservative who likes to make use of polarizing rehetoric in which some target of their angst is blaimed for all of the problems and thus used as a negative reference - is when the progressives do the very same thing.