John Ransom

It’s too bad for progressives that there is no correlation between kicking the pants off of Mitt Romney and actual governing.  

In retrospect, beating Willard M. Romney- who ran so bad a race for the White House that some people close to him thought that he didn’t want to be president- wasn’t the great victory that Barack H. Obama claimed.

It hasn’t earned Obama the clout to do anything but raise taxes since the election.

And most of the failure to amass and properly use the political power he gained in victory can be traced to a failure in Obama himself.

Let’s face it, BHO can raise money to campaign, but that’s about it.   

One of the big criticisms of the Obama White House is that B.O. tries to govern as if governing is the same as campaigning. And while he scores marginally better at campaigning- largely because of get-out-the-vote activities- the positive score reflects a grading curve that has been warped by one of the worst government administrations since Ulysses S. Grant ran the White House

OK, technically he was Hiram U. Grant.  But there is no disputing that he ran the White House as if it was an army before Vicksburg.

He became Ulysses S. Grant because a congressman couldn’t remember his name on Grant’s appointment to West Point; and Ulysses didn’t want his initials as they stood (H.U.G.) to be stenciled on his military gear.  

So he left it: U.S. Grant.

I add that explanation just as a reminder that government has always been getting little things wrong like names, dates, subpoenas, IRS targeting lists. 

But in the hands of some, government can be even more messed up than one might rationally credit.

Take, for example, James E. Carter, Jr., also known as J.C.

His wounds were self-inflicted as well.

He always knew- like Obama- that he was the smartest guy in the room.  Remember the signs at the Democrat nominating convention that proclaimed Carter as the newest messiah, complete with halo?

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable