by Greg Krehbiel on 21 January 2013
Obama’s first term was probably the most partisan I have seen in my life. That’s partly his fault, because he is a very partisan Democrat, but it’s not entirely his fault.
To some extent I believe the mess right now is the necessary consequence of the competing visions of the left and the right. They will continue to get further and further apart, and get nastier and nastier about it.
Obama played to the worst of it. The Reid / Pelosi / Obama axis of his first two years was ridiculously partisan, which resulted in the Tea Party movement and in Democrats losing the House.
I’m not talking about what’s right or wrong, about who has the better vision, about whose policies make more sense or will do more good. I’m talking about how those policies play with the American people. Measured in that way, Obama has been way too partisan, and it’s partly his fault that we have a dysfunctional Congress.
He is supposed to lead and stand above all the partisanship. He has failed at that.
Even with our divided Congress, there are plenty of things that can actually get done, but the only way to do that is to play to the center.
The campaign is over now. Obama doesn’t have to run again — ever, thank God. So now he can be an adult and work towards things that can actually pass and actually do some good.
-- 2013-01-21 » Greg Krehbiel