If you want to know why Jennifer Rubin is one of my favorite blogresses, just read this piece she posted yesterday on Obama, The Endless Campaign.
UPDATE: Okay, I probably should say why the piece struck me as being so insightful. Remember how the Democrat campaigned as being a new kind of post-partisan president? And then just look at how he’s governed, constantly attacking Republicans, regularly blaming his predecessor for the mess he inherited as if someone forced the job on him–and he hadn’t spent two years campaigning for it.
And we gotta admit, he ran a pretty good campaign and generally came across well on the campaign trail. So, maybe that’s why he keeps at it, keeps campaigning, that is. As Rubin writes (and this the essence of her spot-on post):
Obama and his grouchy adviser David Axelrod complain bitterly of the nonstop campaign, the partisanship of Washington, and the nonstop news cycle. But they most obviously are perpetuators of all three, and rely on campaign tactics (attack, attack, attack) in lieu of other skills — reasoned persuasion, real compromise, and legislative craftsmanship. They do it endlessly, campaign that is, because this is what they know and this is what they were good at. That it’s ill-suited to the task at hand and ultimately has diminished the president’s standing seem not to matter. Again and again Obama returns to the stump. What else is he to do? He’s proved unable to convince Blue Dogs of the merits of his bill.
Barack Obama seems obsessed with his opponents because he’s better at running against something than he is at running anything.