Most Read: Opinions

direct signup

Today’s Opinions poll

Would you use an app that tells you the partisan affiliation of products you're considering buying?

Submit
Next
Review your answers and share

Join a Discussion

Weekly schedule, past shows

The Insiders
Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Running for president is an audition for the presidency

 President Obama and Rick Santorum both revealed something important about themselves in the past couple of days.

First, Obama was caught by an open mike suggesting to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would be more compliant with Russia's wishes on arms control issues after his reelection campaign. This is insulting to voters and a reminder of the way Obama thinks and governs. His tactic is to fake right and govern to the left. If this is true with arms control, as he was caught admitting to, on what other issues does he have the same approach?  

I assume the Democrats in Congress have been given the same message on how to act on a host of issues. I assume the executive agencies, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency, have been told: "Be cool for about seven months and then aggressively govern from the left. Ignore the fakery of what I say and do in the campaign, starting with the laughable picture I posed for in front of a stack of hulking oil pipes."
President Obama speaks on March 22 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Okla. (MANDEL NGAN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

  Well, voters are on notice; campaign pledges should be discounted, and Obama's can be rightfully ridiculed or ignored.

Meanwhile, Santorum was in Washington yesterday. Was it just me, or did anyone else think his appearance at the Supreme Court building was smarmy?  The Supreme Court isn't a prop for a candidate.  It especially doesn't sit well for a presidential candidate to go there and shake his fist and taunt the judiciary while the nation’s highest court is considering a particular matter in which he has a strong personal view.  

Running for president is an audition for the presidency. Part of running for president is demonstrating your poise and respect for our institutions — yes, including our courts. I couldn't find another example of a presidential candidate actually going to the court. And no president would — or should — ever come close to doing what Santorum did yesterday.  The candidates are telling us a lot if we will just listen.

By  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/27/2012

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company