WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has grown testy about reporters who have a "default position" that policy debates have two sides. "On almost every issue," he recently told The New Republic, "it's, 'Well, Democrats and Republicans can't agree' -- as opposed to looking at why is it that they can't agree. Who exactly is preventing us from agreeing?"
His insight is undeniable. If Republicans didn't have all those pesky convictions and objections, agreement in Washington would come as surely as a river flows to the sea. This is the best description yet of Obama's second-term governing vision: the invincible assumption of his own rightness. To him, objectivity requires the recognition that reality has only one side, which the president fully occupies.