That's the feeling you get when you regret buying something: maybe you don't need it, or you paid too much for it, or it doesn't work the way you wanted it to. Many moderate Democrats and Republicans are already experiencing that after voting for Obama, and now even liberal Democrats are starting to wonder. As Michael Goodwin writes in Sunday's New York Daily News, More Than a Bad Day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem:
Which brings us to the heart of the matter: the doubts about Obama himself. His famous eloquence is wearing thin through daily exposure and because his actions are often disconnected from his words. His lack of administrative experience is showing.
His promises and policies contradict each other often enough that evidence of hypocrisy is ceasing to be news. Remember the pledges about bipartisanship and high ethics? They're so last year.
The beat goes on. Last week, Obama brazenly gave a speech about earmark reform just after he quietly signed a $410 billion spending bill that had about 9,000 earmarks in it. He denounced Bush's habit of disregarding pieces of laws he didn't like, so-called signing statements, then issued one himself.
And in an absolute jaw-dropper, he told business leaders, "I don't like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government's role."
No wonder Americans are confused. Our President is, too.
It's getting harder and harder to ignore the elephant in the living room: Obama really doesn't know what he's doing, nor did he know what he was asking for when he ran for the job. While the problem at the heart of our financial crisis is the weakness in the banking system, PBO is doing everything but dealing with it: while trying to ram through a massive expansion of the federal government into the private sector, he has let 17 crucial jobs go unfilled at the Treasury Department, which should be the point agency in any recovery effort. It's gotten so bad that the British are complaining there' no one in the Treasury to answer the phones.
And that's just one example of bumbling among so many.
I hate to say "I told you so," (No, you don't. You love it. –Tito It's true, I do.) but a lot of us were warning this guy wasn't ready by measure of experience or character: the lack of executive experience, the absence of any major legislative accomplishments in either Illinois or D.C., and his unsavory (to say the least) associates in Chicago and his willingness to benefit by ignoring corruption…
We tried to tell you, but you didn't want to listen.
(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)
LINKS: Ed Morrissey says "Told you so," too.