NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- President Obama is failing as CEO of the U.S government. His appointment of Susan Rice to be his top national security advisor and other missteps, indicates he views the fallout from recent scandals as a political challenge, rather than a management failure.
Nothing could be less true or more damaging.
Revelations about the IRS targeting conservative groups, the Justice Department broadly searching the emails of journalists, and recent revelations indicate systemic management dysfunctions, and a culture of contempt for the protections of individual rights and the limits on the executive power required by the Constitution.
His stockholders -- the American people -- are rapidly losing confidence in his management. In a recent
The Wall Street Journal
/NBC News poll 55% of respondents said IRS targeting of conservative groups raised doubts about the broader honesty and integrity of his administration.
Yet, Obama is behaving as if all the turmoil on Capitol Hill and the media come down to Republican gaming in preparation for the 2014 Congressional elections.
By appointing Susan Rice as National Security Advisor, who misled Americans into believing the murder of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi was the result of spontaneous street demonstrations when the State Department simply knew otherwise, he is challenging the GOP to stop him if they can, instead of committing to get to the root of recent scandals and fixing what is broke.
Similarly, the president sent up three very liberal nominations for the pivotal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the constitutionality of many presidential actions is determined. The plan, crafted with Democratic senators, is to force their Republican colleagues into blocking those appointments, make the GOP appear obstructionist, and distract attention from all the scandals.
At the heart of Obama's problems is his aloof style, impatience with critiques and disdain for the rules of the game. For example, in a clear disregard for the separation of powers, his administration is training Democratic members of Congress and their staff to help sign up constituents for health insurance under Obama Care.
Wrong on two counts: signing up Americans is clearly an Executive Branch responsibility, which should be kept out of the hands of politicians, and it appears Americans who have Democratic representatives are more entitled to government benefits than those who vote Republican.