President Obama’s compression of the long and short term is the covering of his Achilles heel. He steps gingerly because he is reticent to govern. His short term goals are stretched out so long, with so many incremental steps, that in his political calculus, long term and short term amount to the same thing.
Both provide for the photo-ops he so eagerly enjoys, These offer nominal risks and a proper public face. But long term or short term, photo-ops should not be mistaken for policy. That’s the crisis continuing . .