Obama and the Permanent Campaign

From The Wall Street Journal (by Karl Rove):

Team Obama is suffering from Extended Campaign Syndrome. In an election, campaign staffers are often just trying to survive until the next week or the next primary. They cut corners because they are fatigued or under pressure.They can be purposely combative and even portray critics as enemies.

Carrying this mindset into the White House can get you into trouble, a lesson the Obama administration is now learning the hard way.

For example, there’s a video being circulated online of Barack Obama telling the Illinois AFL-CIO in 2003, “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health-care program . . . we may not get there immediately” and then telling an SEIU Health Care Forum in 2007, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out where we’ve got a much more portable system.”

Read the rest:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052970203863204574346512956227346.html

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