And once a Democratic president has lost Chris Matthews . . .
Poor Chris. Sing along to the Righteous Brothers:
“You’ve lost, that tinnnnngling feeling . . . woh oh that tinnnnngling feeling . . . ”
This video has been getting around, but I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see it and comment on it if you like.
Chris makes a great point toward the end, which is that Obama does not cultivate relationships with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
I kind of like that Obama is not a backslapping glad-hander. Unfortunately, one needs to be a little less of a personal isolationist to be an effective president.
Unlike other presidents I’ve covered, with Obama, you don’t regularly see members of Congress trooping to the White House for consultations on this or that, or just to shoot the breeze. They tend to show up when there’s some kind of legislative emergency and Obama feels he has no choice but to dispense some of his valuable time to them.
What he’s very good at, though, is traveling around the country bashing Republicans and questioning their motives. And then wondering aloud why nothing is getting done.