Barack Obama's second term will be a lesson in the deliverance of pure power; a four year mass introduction to Sun Tzu's Art of War
and Robert Greene
Well maybe not quite, but it will be a more impressive example of one wielding his political might than the President's first
term in office, says
Paul Waldman at the American Prospect
. And Waldman himself would know, seeing as how he's the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success
"The Obama of the second term could be a much tougher character," writes Waldman, who points to Obama's recent dealings with Republicans on guns
and the debt ceiling to make his case. "He has come to realize that bipartisanship for bipartisanship's sake has no particular value, and negotiating with yourself only leaves you with less when all is said and done."
If true, the next four years could see politics on Capitol Hill dismiss with all pretense of seeing the Potomac from the other side, so to speak. If you think politics is ugly now...
Via the American Prospect