Is It Ego, Or Something Else?

Using Obama’s disastrous press conferences regarding the tax compromise deal as a springboard, Michael Gerson asks a question:

Is [Obama] really this bad at politics? The list of miscalculations grows longer. To pass the stimulus package, the administration predicts 8 percent unemployment – a prediction that became an indictment. It pledges the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison – without a realistic plan to do so. It sends the president to secure the Chicago Olympics – and comes away empty-handed. It announces a “summer of recovery” – which becomes a source of ridicule. It unveils a Manhattan trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed – which nearly every New York official promptly turns against. Press secretary Robert Gibbs picks fights with both conservative talk radio hosts and the “professional left” – which uniformly backfire. The president seems to endorse the Ground Zero mosque – before retreating 24 hours later. He suggests that Republicans are “enemies” of Latinos – apparently unable to distinguish between hardball and trash talk.

Gerson concludes that Obama’s prodigious ego keeps getting him into trouble:

In the tax debate, Obama has proved a quarrelsome ally and a dismissive foe, generally dismayed by the grubby realities of politics. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Unfortunately, he seems to put just about everyone who disagrees with him in that category.

That could be it, and Obama certainly has no shortage of self-regard.  But I have an alternative theory.  Maybe Obama just isn’t very smart.

Via Hot Air’s Headlines.

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Published in: on December 18, 2010 at 8:32 am  Leave a Comment  

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