After watching two presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate, it strikes me that many people are making a rather big assumption. The republican strategy rests on pointing out that Obama has been a failure over the last four years. “Make Obama run on his record!” is the rally cry. Yet, here is my question: How do we know that his policies aren’t a smashing success? How do we know that things wouldn’t be ten times worse had he pursued other policies?
I do agree that things are pretty bleak right now. What I don’t know is that it would’ve been better under a different president. What I really don’t know is if it might have been worse.
The reality is we don’t get to see all of the “what ifs”. We get to see what we have. Just because it’s not good doesn’t automatically mean it could be better and not worse. Is it overly optimistic, given the challenges we face, to assume that it would have been better?