[I]n ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking [Obama's] measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.
They have some reasons to be concerned. I trace them to a central trait of the president’s character: he’s not really an in-your-face guy. By recent standards—and that includes Bill Clinton as well as George Bush—Obama for the most part is seeking to govern from the left, looking to solidify and rely on his own party more than woo Republicans. And yet he is by temperament judicious, even judicial. He’d have made a fine judge. But we don’t need a judge. We need a blunt-spoken coach.
Yes, if only we could have had eight years of in-your-face, blunt-spoken presidential leadership, America would surely be a paradise by now. I mean, who needs intelligence or competence? Assholes get shit done!
Unfortunately, most of us don’t like shit.