There's a great editorial over at Politico: Seven reasons for healthy skepticism. It goes over many of the reasons that have been espoused here and elsewhere in the blogosphere, but never this close to the MSM. Here's one of the reasons:
4. Words, words, wordsThis was one of the big problems that many had with Obama before the election, and may well turn out to be his ultimate failing.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, though starkly different men, both viewed the presidency as pre-eminently a decision-making job. Clinton often waved away speech drafts bloated with lofty language by saying: “Words, words, words.”
Obama seems to have a different view of the presidency. He thinks that the right decisions can be reached by putting reasonable and enlightened people together and reaching a consensus. He believes his job as president is to educate and inspire, largely matters of style.
He knows he is good with words. He knows he has great style. So that’s why he projects exceptional confidence in his ability to do the job.
We don’t know yet how justified Obama is in his self-confidence — or how naive.
But he is almost certain to face many tests, probably imminently, in which the test will be Obama’s ability to act quickly and shrewdly — and not merely describe his actions smoothly or impress people with nuance. And an unlike a governor — who must decide what’s in a budget and what gets cut, or whether a person to be executed at midnight should be spared — Obama has not made many decisions for which the consequences affect more than himself.
We shall see, and I hope that what he does is good for the country, but I fear that what he has proposed will take the country down the wrong path. And once we get too far down that path, we may never be able to turn back.