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The president who prefers campaigning to governing

In an article posted today on the Natonal Review’s website, Mona Charen quips that there “are two major parties in the United States: the party that wishes to govern, and the party that wants only to campaign.

And to show that the latter party is that of the incumbent President of the United States, one need not turn to the commentary on various conservative blogs, but instead to the reporting of the left-of-center Washington Post:

After delivering his election victory speech in November, Obama walked off the Chicago stage and made two phone calls related to his political plans — one to Israel and one to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), the last Democratic House speaker.

Israel said Obama told him “how focused he would be on winning a House majority for the Democrats,” many of whom complained that the president did not do enough during his first term to help members on the Hill.

In other words, in the immediate aftermath of his election victory this past November, the president already started looking ahead to the next election.  Since the people didn’t elect the Congress he wanted, he chose to start focusing on electing that Congress, even if the 2014 elections were two years hence.

No wonder he is blaming the sequester on the current Republican House even though he made little effort to work with the leaders of that chamber after it passed the “fiscal cliff” legislation at the end of the last Congress, delaying the sequester until last week.

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  1. “reporting of the left-of-center Washington Post”

    See “Political stance” for a take on their Editorial page.. It does not seem to be the settled issue you assert…

    Comment by Passing By — March 5, 2013 @ 7:17 pm - March 5, 2013

  2. Oh my! Passing Gas cites “Wikipedia” as a source for his assertion. I guess the matter is settled, then! /sarc

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — March 5, 2013 @ 7:48 pm - March 5, 2013

  3. “GOP accusation confirmed: Obama out to break it”

    He’s a true thug. And to think that in 2007 even I thought that at least he was a nice guy, someone I’d like to have a beer with. Mea culpa!

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — March 5, 2013 @ 8:24 pm - March 5, 2013

  4. Paul Wellst…er, sorry. Hugo Chavez’s funeral needs a eulogy and benediction. Any takers? Is that blinking red phone working? Is it 3:00 a.m.?

    Comment by Ignatius — March 5, 2013 @ 9:07 pm - March 5, 2013

  5. I think I’d quibble with your headline, Dan. I don’t know that he just prefers campaigning to governing; I think he knows how to campaign, but not how to govern. After all, community organizers only learn how to agitate.

    Comment by Kurt — March 5, 2013 @ 9:35 pm - March 5, 2013

  6. See “Political stance” for a take on their Editorial page.. It does not seem to be the settled issue you assert…

    Comment by Passing By — March 5, 2013 @ 7:17 pm – March 5, 2013

    Oh, it’s quite settled.

    The Washington Post’s 27-year-old star blogger Ezra Klein has been called “whiz kid,” and “brat packer” and a “wunderkind.” Now he’s actually advising Democratic chiefs of staff, briefing them last week about the supercommittee in Congress, according to a report by Fishbowl-DC on MediaBistro.com.

    That means the relatively novel idea that bloggers can be placed on an equal footing with reporters in congressional briefings has been one-upped: Bloggers like Klein are now giving the briefings.

    That’s because Klein himself sports the imprimatur of one of the most vaunted news organizations in the world, the Washington Post. He’s supposed to have the Post’s high standards. But instead of reporting the news, even at a slant, as bloggers do, Klein takes bias beyond that. Instead of commenting on news, he makes it.

    The problem here is not just that he blurs the lines between journalism and activism. It’s that the Post is perfectly content with it, and Klein himself says that such activism is actually part of his media ethos.

    Think we are kidding? The Washington Post’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli told the Washingtonian last year that Klein “is a new paradigm,” for journalism, and “one we would very much like to replicate.”

    But that really brings up the bigger point: the Post is not a “-wing” of any sort. Rather, it’s simply a propaganda organization that is anti-Republican and pro-Obama.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 5, 2013 @ 9:48 pm - March 5, 2013

  7. Passing Gas cites “Wikipedia” as a source for his assertion. I guess the matter is settled, then!

    Bwah hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    I know we’re not supposed to be uncivil to the leftist futards who comment here, but, seriously, what a dumbass.

    Comment by V the K — March 5, 2013 @ 10:05 pm - March 5, 2013

  8. “Oh my! [BustedFan decrys using] “Wikipedia” as a source for a claim [whilst being silent when right wingers use Wikipedia to support their points whilst on this site]. I guess the matter is settled, then! /sarc”

    “Oh, it’s quite UNsettled.” For who would claim one blogger as the proof that the WP EDITORIAL page is totally left wing?

    Passing Gas cites [BastiatFan] as a source for his assertion.
    I know we’re not supposed to be uncivil to the [rightists] ******* who comment here, but, seriously, what a *******.”

    Comment by Passing By — March 6, 2013 @ 2:31 am - March 6, 2013

  9. I’m sorry, do we need to cite any articles? Aren’t the past four-plus years of President Obama proof enough? Did he create the ACA? No, he dumped it on Pelosi and Reid to handle the details (which Pelosi famously didn’t do, given her “you need to pass it to know what’s in it” statement). No, Obama shook down the Pharmaceutical industry for money, badmouthed anyone who dared oppose him, lied about both costs and benefits of the ACA, and left the details to others.

    The first Ambassador since 1979 assassinated, and what does President Thin-Skin do? Off to Vegas to campaign and fundraise.

    It’s been obvious for quite some time, Obama loves the perks of the job, he just isn’t keen on doing any actual WORK. He’s a campaigner and a community agitator. He’s either unable or simply unwilling to compromise, and a serial liar. Anyone who denies it at this point is either criminally ignorant or an outright liar.

    Thanks for posting!

    Comment by Acethepug — March 6, 2013 @ 6:28 am - March 6, 2013

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  13. No leadership, just endless campaigning, no budget, but endless spending, attacks on Republicans, but no plan. It’s a new style of running the government – I think it’s called rule.

    The EPA is now going to implement cap&trade – God help us.

    To think I was a liberal five years ago.

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