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March 08, 2010

"Prominent" Chicago Pol Offers Theory on Obama's Fecklessness: He Doesn't Get That "Chicago Way" Of Absolute One-Party Rule Doesn't Work in DC

That's one of the problems, I guess.

[Axelrod's] -- and to a degree Obama's -- problem is that they aren't used to governance that requires multi-party and intra-party skills, where the chief executive isn't in absolute control of all levers of government. The "Chicago Way" is profoundly misunderstood. It isn't, first and foremost, about bullying politics; it's about absolute control and the means to achieve it. The "Chicago Way" would never work in DC, and I believe their frame of reference doesn't allow them to see DC otherwise.

Well, it's that, and the fact that Obama is a diehard, true-believer left-liberal for whom the word "compromise" is anathema. How do you compromise with (as they see it) near-Hitlerian evil?


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