White House aides think President Obama has infinite charm and persuasion. They're wrong. He's on the edge of becoming pedestrian and boring.
In his appearances on five -- count them, five -- Sunday programs, Obama succeeded in burying the message he wanted to highlight -- health care -- with the news that he's skeptical about additional troops for Afghanistan unless accompanied by a strategic shift.
Obama succeeded in picking a fight not just with George Stephanopoulos on when is a tax a tax but also with Merriam-Webster. The $750-a-person tax for not having health insurance is a tax. And its imposition will break Obama's pledge never to raise taxes on people making less then $250,000 a year. Again. He broke it with his cigarette tax, and the principal Democratic House health-care bill has four new taxes on all Americans.
Obama proved that quantity is not better than quality. Pulling a "quintuple" on health care didn't move the needle. He said nothing new and so was on the defensive. And insulting Fox News on the record made the Obama press shop look weak and small.
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