[…] it strikes me that one of Obama’s most pernicious influences—and there are so many to choose from—has been that he has let future politicians know what is possible in America. And, unlike his supporters, I don’t mean that in a good way.
There used to be certain assumptions on the part of politicians who would be president. […] if you went against too many of these rules the American people (and perhaps Congress, perhaps even your own party in some cases) was very likely to turn against you and not re-elect you. […] generally there was a certain respect for the unwritten law of natural consequences: the belief was that the American people had its limits. You could con all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, and all that. But enough of the people would be onto your game to stop you.
Obama has proven all of that is bunk for the right person at the right time.
Ultimately we have to blame the voting public who embraced candidate and then President Obama despite all of this. Obama, even as a candidate, always blithely ignored any traditional or societal (and frequently legal) constraints on his political activities, and few seemed to care. But we can place special blame on Old Media and the journalists who compose it for enabling so much of this by their consistent propaganda efforts on Obama’s behalf. It was better and more thorough than most state controlled media, driven apparently by a pathological love for the candidate which cause them, unprompted and undirected, to do whatever was needful to keep Obama looking good.