So, what can Obama say that would rally this Congress to get meaningful things done?
The way we see it, the president has perhaps his best opportunity to “go big” with initiatives, such as reforming immigration and our much-too-permissive gun laws. Next year, congressional elections will complicate seeing anything except through a political lens. By 2015, we’ll almost certainly have the 2016 presidential race in our sights.
We’d like to see the president forcefully advocate for ways to improve the economy and make meaningful changes to education, including universal preschool. We’d also like to see serious proposals to strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Even in this divided union, this might be Obama’s last real chance for success.