The decision that President Obama, the head of the federal government, made yesterday to wade into the politics in one state seemed a defining one.
Instead of being the postpartisan political healer he claimed to be in the 2008 election, he seems to feel that he just has to interject himself into contentious political issues, not as the mediator, but as the combatant.
He seems more interested in playing partisan politics than in working with the opposing party to effect a consensus.
ALSO SORT OF RELATED: Protesters to march on Michigan capitol over “right-to-work” vote (Note how Yahoo!’s editors put right-to-work in quotation marks. Did they ever so reference the “Affordable Care Act”?
UPDATE: How civil: Democrats threaten violence on Michigan House floor. The article includes this interesting factoid, “Michigan has both the highest unionization and unemployment rates in the Midwest.”
ADDENDUM: I had meant this to be a longer post, addressing the frustration we Republicans feel in the wake of Obama’s victory that we’ll be subject to four more years of his divisive rhetoric, but by the time I got to this post, I had little energy to write. I have been working a great deal on my fantasy epic and have now completed (and am busy editing) the second chapter of the epic and finding myself scribbling notes for the third chapter. (more…)