Whenever a Democratic president gets into trouble, the predictable chorus starts up: The job of President of the United States is just too difficult for anyone to master.
Today’s winner is Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who phones in the following:
Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. . .
. . . it’s hard to see how Obama could be considered “successful” even if he hadn’t made the various mistakes — in governance and the politics of politics — that he did. His presidency began at a time not only of unprecedented polarization in Congress and the country but also at a moment in which a president’s ability to bend the country to his will had reached a low ebb.
The complete article gets no better, and dwells on excessive partisanship, modern 24/7 media and social media, etc.
This is hardly a new theme, but as I say it always seems to arise when Democratic presidents get in trouble, and because it is a basic rule that no facts can be inconvenient for liberalism, it is necessary to recur to the old standby that the American presidency is just gosh darn too hard for anyone to perform adequately. This is usually followed by suggestions that what the president needs is—wait for it!—more power. How convenient.