The surveillance scandal, the IRS mess, Republican obstructionism, making Obama a lame duck!!
Supporters of Barack Obama have plenty of reasons to be disappointed these days, from his surveillance fetish to his slow-bleed responses to the scandal of the moment. But no tic has frustrated liberals more over the last four and a half years than the president’s unease with a certain guerrilla style of politicking. We’ve seen it time and again—with the stimulus and health care bills in 2009, the expiring Bush tax cuts in 2010, the debt-ceiling and deficit negotiations in 2011, and the fiscal cliff in late 2012. The administration has been too solicitous of delicate congressional sensibilities, too reluctant to initiate confrontation, too skittish to see through any high-stakes game of brinkmanship.
And then there was the sequester, which may have been the tactical low point. For several weeks prior to the March 1 arrival of the automatic spending cuts, the administration spared no effort in making vivid the damage they would wreak on kids, seniors, military personnel, really our entire way of life. The White House dwelled on the coming cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which would result in travel delays not seen since our forefathers left Egypt.