January 26, 2014
IT'S A PARTICULARLY ODD TIME TO ADOPT AN ISOLATIONIST POLICY...:
Obama's rough 2013 prompts a new blueprint (Scott Wilson, January 25, 2014, Washington Post)
An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps. [...]As a result, Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style of governing that aims to sidestep Congress more often. A central ambition of Obama's presidency -- to change the way Washington works -- has effectively been discarded as a distraction in a time of hardening partisanship.The White House postmortem also concluded that the administration suffered from a lack of focus in a year without an election. The 2012 campaign imposed discipline on the White House, providing a political filter to assess every new initiative. Obama wanted to know how his decisions would be explained to voters, a demand that vanished once the election was won.
...given that Congress is moving major legislation (like budgets) that he's signing.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2014 7:18 AM