I thought this article at the Belmont Club was an outstanding analysis of why Barack Obama is a complete failure in terms of leadership:
Jay Cost has a wonderful article at Real Clear Politics arguing that President Obama’s failure to make major policy changes arises not from the fact that “America is ungovernable” but because President Obama “has simply not been up to the job.” Cost believes Obama made two major mistakes, one strategic and the second tactical.
Strategically he has governed from the Left, enacting broad policies which by their sheer comprehensiveness were to prove arid grounds for compromise. “Bipartisanship implies legislators with different world views working together. The larger a bill’s scope, the more likely it favors one worldview over another, and the less likely it will attract bipartisan support.” The result, he says, left no room for 30 to 40 Congressional Democrats who proved unwilling to go along simply because they could not sell their constituencies on a radically new vision.
Obama’s tactical mistake was to delegate the actual operations of policy change to Nancy Pelosi, who acted as his left wing “prime minister.” Pelosi in turn created a cabinet, consisting of liberal committee chairs and their acolyte staffers. This accentuated the process of polarization. With the inept and ham handed Pelosi in charge, the result was a:
policy [that] has consistently been built from the left – thanks in no small part to the very liberal chairs of key committees – with compromises made to win just enough centrist votes to get passage. On the jobs bill, the health care bill, and the cap-and-trade bill, the Democrats won only narrow victories due to mass defections on their own side. Almost all of these defections were from the center. Faced with a choice between losing a moderate or a liberal, the Speaker has consistently chosen to sacrifice the moderate. … America is not ungovernable. Barack Obama has so far failed to govern it.
This next phrase is the key, I think:
“America is not ungovernable. Barack Obama has so far failed to govern it.” Cost is 99% right. But his argument misses the crucial 1 percent. The Left doesn’t want to govern, it wants to rule given the chance.
Bingo! For liberals, it always comes down to control. Control of what you drive, eat, watch, carry, see, say, and think. Control, control, control! In other words…rule. Remember the theory of the distributed monarchy? Bingo again.
And here is the dangerous part:
[The Left is] always willing to leave its own Big Tent behind at the decisive moment. The continual calls from the Democrat Left for Obama to “grow a spine” are really coded calls to say that the moment is now; that the President must ”seize the day, seize the hour.” It’s not as Cost imagines, a call to compromise. It’s a call to say that the time for compromise is over. They can drop the mask; they can hoist the Jolly Roger. …
The Left is not about principles. It is about itself. It is about power. Now that President Obama has been politically weakened, look for the mask to come back on. The words of sweet reason, the entreaties to “make a deal,” and feigned affection will now make a surprise reappearance. When the Left cannot rule, it will try to govern. Until the next time.
The steady creep of liberalism has already warped America into something that I think the Founders would be profoundly disgusted by. At this point in history, I believe we are seeing that moment when the Left has left its own big tent, and is grasping for power. The mask has, indeed slipped, and the American people are rejecting the vile visage beneath it. Let's hope we can force it back down, and return to the true roots of this great nation.
And let us never forget to be vigilant, for the Left will never forsake its lust for the control that comes from ruling.
There's my two cents.