Mitt Romney had a very good line in his victory speech last night (emphasis mine):
Weve seen enough of this President over the last three years to know that we dont need another four. President Obama believes he is unchecked by our Constitution. He is unresponsive to the will of our people. In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. If there is one thing we cannot afford, it is four years of Barack Obama with nothing to answer to.
The threat of an Obama unrestrained by the need to be reelected is a theme I’ve hit on repeatedly with regard to Israel. There is no doubt that but for the need to keep Jewish votes and money coming, Obama would have lowered the hammer on Israel even more than he has. Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a second term.
Domestically, Obama has shown a willingness to use the power of his presidency to force deals (e.g. auto bailout) which extinguish or diminish property rights, direct government funds to companies run by campaign donors, slow walk compliance with judicial orders (the Gulf drilling ban), direct stimulus funds as de facto public sector employee union subsidies, and use regulatory powers under the sweeping Obamacare and Dodd-Frank bills to reshape almost every aspect of the economy.
And all that is knowing he needs to be reelected.
The Fourth Greatest President Ever in his own mind wants to be the Greatest President Ever in his own mind.
We cannot afford the Greatest President Ever in his own mind.
Update: h/t HotAir, Mary Landrieu complains about the slowdown of new Gulf drilling …