The White House has an opportunity to show it has gained some self-awareness and insight — which has, so far, been lacking. No one expects the Democrats to don ashes and sackcloth, but I think Americans do want to see a signal from the White House that the president knows and cares about the near-panic that has seized the country and alarmed much of the world. After tomorrow, President Obama has to start governing differently — preferably with some new, fresh personnel — to regain a measure of confidence and calm the nation’s psyche.
If the Democrats lose, it will be interesting to see if President Obama will take responsibility for the results. Did his Democrats run the campaign the president wanted them to run? If yes, then what are the lessons learned and how will he make adjustments? If not, why not? Who was in charge? The president already told us he knows his policies are on the ballot, so he can’t use his familiar, faux-angry, bewildered bystander routine to escape responsibility.
In politics, we only keep score once every two years. The rest of the time, it’s all just talk. Tomorrow is what counts.
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