Turns out, the progressive base wasn't the first -- or foremost -- array of Democratic loyalists "disgruntled," indeed mishandled by a White House "fortress" mentality. Pushing 800 days, the Obama administration battles a fiercely regimented opposition handcuffed not just by its unfocused vision but seriously "frayed relationships" that divide the White House from its own cabinet.
Detailed by the Washington Post, this news clarifies a variety of infamous Obama surrenders in advance and campaign betrayals, producing leadership gaps that wound the left (certainly unions) plus explain the midterm "shellacking." Didn't Democratic exposure buoy the GOP's resurgence from the dead? Don't crashed ships of state, like any shipwreck, often sustain the survivors?
Because the neophyte Obama banked on "bipartisanship," even brinksmanship with shrill belligerents, how could Job One and Two and Three not be to shore up his own unimpeachable team against an incredibly unified foe? Mystifying in its magnitude and two-year duration, this self-induced, team-dividing negligence represents the rare recent fiasco caused solely by Democrats.
Revenge of Rahm
Led by foul-mouthed Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, for me Obama's continued wobbles reflect the implicit Revenge of Rahm and the Remnants of Summers -- the triumph of arrogant, establishment aides whose insular White House remains out of touch with centrists, Congress, and party loyalists. What else explains successful GOP reigns of terror, verbal and political?
Interesting is how long it took the mass media to disclose this dysfunctional, intramural schism. Whatever, as veteran Anne Kornblut details a smug, know-it-all Obama administration disconnected from its own demoralized and disempowered cabinet (except for stars at State, Defense, Education and Justice). Though her soft-pedaled language is impersonal, Kornblut doesn't shy away from implying serious discord, even a broken marriage. The White House now openly admits a "troubled," "badly frayed" relationship between two "deeply disgruntled" sides.
Incoherence, the Enemy of Leadership
For the left, this huge split helps explains extensive policy incoherence, plus appalling follow-up and dreadful framing. I think it's why Obama appears all over the map on his big five challenges: endless wars, rampant corporatism (and now, union-busting), mastery of finances (taxation-budgets-jobs creations), foreign affairs/anti-terrorism, and the ongoing, desperate need to re-Constitutionalize America.