On his own terms, President Obama is a failure.
During the presidential campaign, he fought hammer and tongs with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the best way to govern. Clinton, casting herself as a battle-scarred political veteran, argued that diligence, dedicated detail work and working the system were essential for success.
Obama, donning the mantle of a redeemer descending from divine heights, argued that his soaring rhetoric was more than “just words” but a way out of the poisonous, partisan gridlock of yesteryear. Early on in New Hampshire, he proclaimed that his “rival in this race is not other candidates. It’s cynicism.”