April 21, 2013

THE DANGER OF LEADING THE FEMALE PARTY:

No Bully in the Pulpit (MAUREEN DOWD, April 20, 2013, NY Times)

Unfortunately, he still has not learned how to govern.

How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It's because he doesn't know how to work the system. And it's clear now that he doesn't want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.

It's unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.

Even House Republicans who had no intention of voting for the gun bill marveled privately that the president could not muster 60 votes in a Senate that his party controls.

President Obama thinks he can use emotion to bring pressure on Congress. But that's not how adults with power respond to things.

Perhaps it's not so much that he doesn't know how to govern but doesn't know how to be male?
Posted by at April 21, 2013 8:37 AM
  

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