What Would They Do if They Weren’t Campaigning?

Karl Rove details the litany of half-truths, exaggerations, and hardball attacks coming from the president’s team, and advises:

Team Obama is suffering from Extended Campaign Syndrome. In an election, campaign staffers are often just trying to survive until the next week or the next primary. They cut corners because they are fatigued or under pressure. They can be purposely combative and even portray critics as enemies.

All this is true, and equally so is that this is simply what Obama and his team do. In fact, it is all they do. Obama has no record and apparently no interest in devising complex legislation himself. He has no interest in modifying the liberal wish list so as to incorporate his opponents’ ideas or address their concerns. He doesn’t much care about bipartisanship. He’s been clear: he won, and he’s not about to let opponents or voters (or facts, for that matter) slow him down.