The Wall Street Journal says President Obama “has fundamentally shifted his view of modern presidential power” and “is now convinced the most essential part of his job, given politically divided Washington, is rallying public opinion to his side. As a result, if he wins a second term, Mr. Obama plans to remain in campaign mode.”
“The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity to approach the office differently… He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform. He has told some aides that a sizable mistake at the start of his administration was his naiveté in thinking he could work with Republicans on weighty issues.”
A commentator to the original post points out that Hitler planned a victory parade in Moscow. But if the prospect of four more years of rule by a man who thinks his failures are due not to a bankrupt form of communism but merely a failure to communicate doesn’t get you to the polls, you probably deserve what we get. I’m not a fan of Romney, but Obama is increasingly demonstrating that there is a difference between the two. (I’ll still be voting Libertarian, but as Bababa Streisand tells her fans, “you air-dry your clothes – I’ll cheer you on”).