Designating himself as an agent of change in 2008 he has now become, just a year into his second term, a president uninterested in the nuts and bolts of the legislative process, turned off by the “business as usual” attitude in an extremely partisan time with no appetite for the mechanics of the two party system that has allowed our government to at least run with some modicum of consistency for 236 years. Sure, the ride has often been rough, the roads traveled rutted and pitted but still the trips were completed and life went on. For most of the most divisive debates in Congress it has appeared that the president has not even wanted to get in the car let alone take the wheel. Quite the contrary. He still has three more years to right some of his wrongs and recalibrate his internal compass.
Political professionals are almost as abundant in Washington DC today that their numbers are topped only by the legions of lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and special interest consultants, advisers and lawyers. Campaigning today on the national level most particularly, but also in Congressional and Governors races is an industry. It is a dirty filthy industry fueled by outright lies, deception and all manner of sleight of hand tricks. That is why message discipline, staying “on point”, as they say is so important. President Obama should have never even once referred to his single most ambitious, defining piece of legislation by his enemies’ term. Now, “Obamacare” is so embedded in our public discourse that it has reduced the scale and scope of the ACA to the status of a cheap bumper sticker mockery of its true value as a signature legislative victory for this President.