November 5, 2014
Obama: 'Don't think we're not keeping score, brother'
The failure of some presidencies can be encapsulated in a phrase. Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” was one of them. Barack Obama provided us with another when he threatened a Congressman who was reluctant to vote for Obamacare with the taunt, "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." And with that phrase Barack Obama laid bare the fundamental problem of his presidency: the idea that loyalty to Barack Obama trumped loyalty to American voters. Presidents want to enjoy support for their policies and agenda, but Barack Obama has surpassed previous presidents in demanding universal support among members of his own party. Many presidents have lived and worked in the real world where working with others -- including those not considered allies -- is required to perform well. When presidents have listened to the American people and seen their party “shellacked” in elections, they have “triangulated” -- adjusted and...(Read Full Article)