Many of the Administration’s team, especially those who have White House roles as key advisors, have more experience in running campaigns than in governing. They maneuver in ways that appear to assemble a majority or consensus and seem perplexed when their efforts backfire or fall short. They fail to see the covenant of governing is different than the covenant of campaigning. The realities are as different as the worlds of caterpillars and butterflies.
Governing is evidenced in appointments and process more than promises and personality; and getting votes from the House and Senate is different than turning out the tally at precincts. But fundamentally, governing is keeping faith with a core group. The President’s legislative achievements are certainly impressive, but what is the core group he has served? Without clear identification, despite impressive legislative victories, the Obama Administration will fail to achieve its critical mass. So far, the President has touched many, but changed almost none.