Rich Karlgaard writes at Forbes that this New York Times front page story... "might have killed President Obama's re-election hopes." I'm not so sure.
Jodi Kantor tries to pass off His Arrogance as highly competitive and I think most people in her readership will play along. But from our perspective? It's devastating. Here's a snippet.
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
Though he never ran a large organization before becoming president, he initially dismissed internal concerns about management and ended up with a factionalized White House and a fuzzier decision-making process than many top aides wanted....
.... In 2008, he said he wanted to change the nature of politics and keep governing separate from campaigning; since then, he has overhauled his White House to prepare for the re-election bid and has run tit-for-tat negative ads...
And in case you thought the president was focusing on JOBS, there's this:
Though Mr. Obama quizzes his team on all aspects of the campaign, he is concentrating most on the rhetorical challenge of making a case for a second term. He has worked on making his stump speech tighter, less defensive and more forward-looking in recent months, and he is still testing and discarding lines. “That’s the meat of the campaign, that’s where his focus lies,” said David Axelrod, his chief strategist.
For a minute there, my ideology must have clouded my vision; at first I thought it said "he is still testing and discarding lies."