10. Obama – who believed his own rhetoric that the country was ready for the change he hoped for.
9. Obama – who, like Newt Gingrich after the ‘94 election and George W. Bush after the ‘04 election, came to believe that just because the voters voted them in meant they had been given a carte blanche to do whatever they wanted.
8. Obama – who forgot that when all the dust of an election settles down, Americans favor incremental change rather than sudden, quantum leaps.
7. Obama – who views politics in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere through the lens of Chicago politics as practiced by Rahm Emanuel.
6. Obama – who forgot that an incumbent president with sinking poll numbers should not make an eleventh-hour, high profile visit to boost a candidate with sagging poll numbers herself.
5. Obama – who forgot that Independent voters pay attention.
4. Obama – who sloughed off the Tea Party movement as a fringe element that had no impact on elections.
3. Obama – who pushed a massive health care proposal that polls showed was not favored by a majority of voters, so fast and so hard that he overshot the mark by a mile.
2. Obama – who pushed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through a health care bill at any cost, and to make whatever deals he had to in order to secure passage.
1. Obama – who failed to recognize that cutting a sweetheart deal publicly with Big Labor less than one week before a key election, was a really boneheaded move.