“Read my lips: No New Taxes”
” . . .what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.”
The former ran as Ronald Reagan’s heir, but governed as if he were Richard Nixon’s. The latter sounded a lot like Bill Clinton on the fall campaign trail, but acted like LBJ when he entered the White House. It was as if, once elected their campaign pledges no longer meant anything. Of course, it didn’t take as long for Mr. Obama’s to expire as it did for those of the elder Mr. Bush.
Each seemed to interpret his election victory not as a vindication for his campaign rhetoric, crafted over a period of time with political advisers in order to appeal to the American people, but as a personal victory, allowing him to do what he thought best for the country.
It’s as if the rhetoric used to win election mean nothing, the person everything. The messenger seems to think the only message he bore was himself.