And so the once-dreamlike story entered its nightmare phase. In the beginning, nothing could go wrong for Barack Obama. Now, it seems nothing can go right.
The man who promised to transform our politics has turned out to be an ordinary player, at times as divisive and partisan as any common ward-heeler. In his latest book, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward revealed that Obama had so little contact with Republicans that when they seized the House, he had no phone number for John Boehner, the GOP leader.