It’s not Obama’s fault that he came into office thinking he could compromise with the Republicans. But by 2010 Mitch McConnell had announced that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
At that moment, Obama should have seen what the future held and switched to “No more Mr. Nice Guy.” He did not.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News sums it up nicely:
Obama showed no feel for politics, for the kind of backroom head-banging and arm-twisting that was the specialty of such Presidents as Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton even when they were faced with their own obstructionist Congresses.
Everybody makes mistakes. Obama’s unforgivable one is that he didn’t learn from his.