There is something unseemly about the White House’s efforts to find a Republican politician on which all bad things can be blamed. I recognize that it is politics to present the public with a convenient villain, but just because it may be standard operating procedure to go around casting for villains doesn’t mean that the behavior is particularly inspired. The President’s efforts to reach out to, and win over the public have largely failed, with Americans being more willing to tune him and his message out. Instead of recalibrating that message, and thinking about how he can win over the American people, President Obama has apparently decided that it is better to go around telling audiences that John Boehner is the source of all of our ills. That is, of course, when the President is not busy blaming George W. Bush for everything that has gone wrong.
I am sure that the President’s supporters will tell us that this behavior constitutes “leadership.” But increasingly, it smacks of desperation.