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?  


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.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.
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