She points out that all Presidents since Richard Nixon have avoided the practice of creating an "enemies list." Strassel argues that Presidents hold a unique trust and that their unique power to ruin lives is an area where great restraint should be showed.
Yet the Obama administration and specifically his executive branch, and even more specifically his justice department have done nothing but show a lack of restraint, upon most opportunities presented.
The scandals that have rocked this White House have been numerous, but when their ranks "merely" include ones such as an Attorney General facing contempt charges for not cooperating with Congress--we're breaking new territory.
Obama's team has multiple web-sites, grass roots groups, and constituencies that are collaborating against and outing people because of they're lack of support for President Obama and his policies. The sites throw around terms like "criminal" when the only crime any of them commit is not believing that the sun rises and sets with the current administration.
Long a tactic of the politically elite left, outing big donors Team Obama appears to be dedicated to stop the flow of cash going to the only reputable challenger left in the race. How very cold-war socialist of him.
It's no surprise, we saw him lecture the Supreme Court justices openly to their face in the State of the Union address to the nation.
This week it was also reported that campaign personnel have been shadowing the movements of Fla. Senator Marco Rubio, as the first term Senator is attempting to gain positive ground on the very tough issue of illegal immigration. The Obama operatives even calling activists in the Latino communities to attempt to smear the Senator's efforts and to debunk his motives for desiring to find a solution.
Funny... I thought that's what President Obama had promised us--solutions. Solutions that would return unemployment to under 8%, when in reality it is closer to 12% (when the shrinkage of the pool of workers eliminated from the numbers for giving up finding work is taken into consideration).
The White House is in a heap of trouble. Their Attorney General may be charged with contempt of Congress at any moment. Their biggest legislative success would be repealed in a heartbeat if 53% of the nation had its way. Their attempts at correcting a bad economy have made it insufferably worse. And now they are making threats, some of them veiled less and less, to anyone who opposes them in their path to re-election.
The shine is off, the luster has faded, the White House knows it and is desperate to do anything it can to stop the bleeding.
It might be the makings of good drama to imagine a White House using government branches, campaign operatives, and manipulable pressures of every kind to wiggle their way back into power. But this is no movie and we the people must realize this.
Obama has channeled the inaction of Jimmy Carter while governing, but in this campaign his new approach begs comparison to Richard M. Nixon--and I'm not sure, but in my lifetime, that's never been a good thing!