Yesterday an event took place that demonstrates what is fundamentally wrong with Barack Obama. Faced with the failure of his signature achievement, a huge new government program that unofficially bears his name, a policy train wreck of epic proportions, what does Obama do?
He tries to get the band back together.
Obama is all politics, no policy. He seeks political solutions for policy problems. That’s because he doesn’t really understand policy and neither do his top people.
They know how to get things done, but they don’t know how to make things work. That’s how we got Obamacare in the first place. Anyone with a modicum of understanding about healthcare reform could see that the Affordable Care Act was gonna be a clusterfuck. But Obama didn’t care about enacting workable reforms, he just wanted to put his name in the history books with a major piece of legislation.
Obama was never a healthcare wonk. He was never a wonk on any issue. He is a dabbler and a dilettante. He glommed onto Hillary Clinton’s major issue and hijacked it to get elected but once he was in office he let other people handle the details.
Thankfully his numerous foreign and domestic policy failures have drained his political mojo. At this point he’s done about as much policy damage as he can because it’s unlikely Congress will go along with anything new. If we get immigration reform it will be on the GOP’s terms because they don’t want to hand him any victories.
Now it’s about containment, mitigation and finding a replacement for Obama in three years.
That’s gonna be a long wait.