There’s a lot to push back on in this National Journal piece (short version: Ron Fournier doesn’t like the Republican party that much, but he still thinks that Barack Obama sucks at leadership), but I want to drill down on this:
Obama could still do great things. But not if he and his advisers underestimate a president’s powers, and don’t know how to exploit them. Not if his sympathizers give Obama cover by minimizing his influence. Cover to fail. Not if the president himself is outwardly and boundlessly dismissive of his critics, telling The New York Times, “I’m not concerned about their opinions.”
To say the situation is intractable seems akin to waving a white flag over a polarized capital: Republicans suck. We can’t deal with them. Let’s quit.
I’m afraid they have quit—all of them, on both sides. At the White House and in Congress, most Democrats and Republicans have abandoned hope of fixing the nation’s problems.
I can’t speak for the Democratic party, but the Republicans have not abandoned hope. We’re simply becoming more and more resigned to the fact that we’re going to have to wait until Barack Obama gets on that dang helicopter in January 2017 before we can get back down to business. The President is useless, but he won’t be going anywhere for the next three and a half years. So… we wait. Not optimal – but not avoidable, either.
Hey, don’t look at me: I didn’t vote for Barack Obama.
— Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) July 31, 2013