Who would have believed any of this a year ago when President Obama was re-elected?
A year ago, I sat down to watch the election night coverage totally convinced that Gov Romney would beat President Obama. I was not alone. Michael Barone, George Will, Charles Krauthammer and a few others had the same idea.
We learned over the next few days that the Obama team was totally superior at getting the vote out. Obama did not really win a reelection based on message or results. They just got their votes out with superior organization. Sadly, our side did not get all of our voters out!
A year later, the Obama presidency looks a lot different than that very organized team that pulled the political equivalent of an unassisted triple play.
The economy continues to struggle. Foreign policy is in disarray. Senate Democrats walked away on gun control. He looks weak and disconnected from reality.
Of course, ObamaCare is the one issue crippling his whole second term. He is not only dealing with "web site tech problems" but now there is a growing credibility crisis over the definition of the word "period," according to Ron Fournier:
"It might not seem possible that President Obama could do more harm to his credibility and the public's faith in government than misleading Americans about health insurance reform.
But he can. The president is now misleading the public about his deception.
In a speech Monday night to his political team, Obama said:
"Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed."
No, no, no, no, no--that's not what the Obama administration said."
Who would have believed all of this on election night 2012 when President Obama was delivering another speech or 2 months later when he gave another inauguration speech?
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