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President Candidate?

posted at 5:33 pm on April 29, 2013 by

Barack Obama has won two terms as President, but not much else.  He got ObamaCare, the stimulus, and Dodd-Frank in his first two years, and ever since … not much.  He beat the GOP on tax hikes this past New Year, but only after having been forced to extend the Bush-era tax rates twice before, and the victory ended up costing him all his leverage in the budget fight.

So why does Obama win elections and hardly anything else? Salena Zito says that Obama’s gun-control push shows that he’s a great campaigner, but lousy at practically everything else to do with governing:

President Obama is a good campaigner. He won the big one twice and effectively made Republicans question their electoral existence. He also has shown once again, by not effectively managing his own agenda, that he has no appetite for governing.

Nothing proved that more than his approach to gun-control legislation.

Yes, he made lofty speeches, emotionally gripped the hands and shoulders of gun-crime victims, held dinners with Republicans and conservative Democrats whom he needed to pass a gun bill — all great theater, but great theater is rarely enough.

The truth is, Obama has serious coalition-management issues and lacks basic managerial competency. Tactically, he chose to act blustery and self-righteous while, strategically, he sought the path of least resistance in actual negotiations and willingly outsourced the details of legislative agreement to others.

All in all, he vastly underestimated how his tactics undermined his strategic goals.

That is an unnerving prospect for supporters of immigration reform as that proposal makes its way to the forefront of congressional debate.

Obama had everything he needed to get a gun bill passed — support in the polls, raw empathy for recent victims, Senate members willing to cross the aisle — yet he never dirtied his hands to get the job done.

“Obama is a great orator but a lousy convincer,” explained Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University political science professor.

Be sure to read it all, and be sure to follow Salena on Twitter, too.

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Obama is not the problem. His presidency is merely a symptom of a sick and dying society.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

He won the big one twice and effectively made Republicans question their electoral existence.

I’ve been questioning the Republicans’ electoral existence for quite some time now…can I get a cookie or something?

squint on April 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

I’ve been questioning the Republicans’ electoral existence for quite some time now…can I get a cookie or something?

squint on April 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Wanna be President?

Ed Morrissey on April 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Wanna be President?

Ed Morrissey on April 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

No…I’ll just take the cookie, thank you.

squint on April 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Campaigning and messaging made easy through the efforts of the LSM.

antipc on April 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

And Obama denigrates or ignores those who do the kinds of things he should be doing (CEOs, Thatcher, Bush, anyone whose positions are against his, anyone who works to get things done).

Paul-Cincy on April 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

willingly outsourced the details of legislative agreement to others.

While Ms Zito refers here to gun legislation, this has been BO’s m.o. for every piece of legislation: Stimulus, Obamacare…..

He is not a governor nor a leader, he is only a charmer.

mdenis39 on April 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Great Campaigner? Really? Taking taxpayers money and giving it to a multitude of sloths under the guise of racial equality and the “Rich Paying Their Fair Share”. He’s the greatest THEFT! This piece of shitz makes Jesse and Al look like panhandlers, well,they are panhandlers, but that’s not the point.

Tbone McGraw on April 30, 2013 at 3:08 AM

antipc on April 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

this

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM

All of this was quite obvious even during the passage of ObamaCare. How long did that actually take? And how much leading on the issue did the Bamster actually do?

From what we hear, none. He gave a bunch of speeches, but he was completely hands-off in the crafting of the bill and the negotiations.

I’ve said this countless times now. Barack Obama’s interest in the Presidency is far more about being than doing.

Chris of Rights on April 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Does anyone remember what Obama said in 2008, when challenged about his lack of executive experience?

He said he had and has experience, he is running his campaign, that is his executive experience…and…he added…he would run government just like he ran his campaign.

So….what is it, nearly six, seven years now of campaigning?

It is all he knows.

Governing…that’s hard.

Campaigning?

Pfffttt…easy….so easy…and the folks are soooo dumb.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Sounds like the definition of a Community Agitator to me.

However, be careful about under-estimating his ability for the future.

He’s good at elections and there are elections in 2014. Be VERY careful.

Carnac on April 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Yep.

And Obama denigrates or ignores those who do the kinds of things he should be doing (CEOs, Thatcher, Bush, anyone whose positions are against his, anyone who works to get things done).

Paul-Cincy on April 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Shorter version.

GWB on April 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Photos: Feet and knees up

Shameful.

Brat on April 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

“Obama is a great orator but a lousy convincer,” explained Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University political science professor.

I refuse to buy into that narrative.
Obama is not a great orator. He is a passable speaker of things scrolled in front of his face by TOTUS. He cannot ad-lib. He cannot speak from the heart and sway the audience with beautiful phrasings or compelling arguments.
He is a mumbling, stumbling, bumbling fool who if he had an (R) next to his name, would’ve been laughed out of the DNC debates in 2007/8 and certainly on the campaign trail where he had gaffe after gaffe. 57 states. Not knowing where he was at half the time. Bitter clingers. Joe the Plumber.
Obama is a creation of a guilt-ridden, (mostly) white, liberal press and millions of fawning admirers who foist upon Obama what they wish he was, a blank slate.

smfic on April 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM