No one promised us an uplifting campaign.“Obama, ever true to himself, presents himself as high-minded even as he routinely takes the low road. His hypocrisy is combined with an unmatched sense of moral superiority. If this effort isn’t premeditated, then the condition is clinical. Neither option reflects particularly well on the president.”

The president promised us that there was still time for diplomacy with Iran to work. That conviction is not based on any publicly available facts, however. “Iran will defend its rights and has enough cash to survive Western economic sanctions, a defiant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday, ahead of crucial talks with world powers over its disputed nuclear drive.. . . The White House said Monday Iran needs to take ‘concrete steps’ to assure the world it is not pursuing nuclear weapons.” Sort of a disconnect there, huh?

Obama promised he’d be different than mere mortal pols. Did people actually believe that? “Mr. Romney also should remind Americans of Mr. Obama’s lofty words from his 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver. There he said, ‘If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.’ Mr. Obama attacked such a strategy then. Lacking any fresh ideas or a record to run on, it’s the strategy he’s adopted now.”

Obama promised his donors hope and change. They are not impressed: “President Obama has money troubles. The president’s reelection campaign was rumored to be a $1 billion juggernaut, it was supposed to dominate the 2012 election. But it has fallen short of that lofty number, by a lot. The inability to reach the big B is a warning signal to the base. In 2008 Democrats had every reason in the world to donate, and they need to be convinced of the same this time around.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) promised he would do the right thing even if unpopular. It turns out he’s awfully popular. “Gov. Chris Christie is more popular than ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The poll, conducted from April 3 to 9, found 59 percent of voters approve of the governor’s performance in office, while 36 percent disapprove.”

Obama promised business leaders a lot and delivered mostly anti-business rhetoric. Some supporters have noticed. “Ex-BofA chief, an Obama backer in 2008, will co-host Romney fundraiser in Charlotte.”

But they promised! North Korea makes fools of Obama and his advisors. “Less than six weeks after North Korea signed an accord with the Obama administration to limit its nuclear activities, the rogue nation is poised to launch a long-range rocket — raising questions about why the North went to the trouble to negotiate in the first place.” And why Obama thought he could make deals with the thuggish regime.