Hereís the most salient excerpt from the devastating editorial: However, while he had to contend with a Republican Party that was determined to deny him a second term at any cost, Obama cannot avoid the consequences of poor decisions and misplaced priorities. Foremost among them was his early focus on an overreaching health-care reform plan that wasted 12 very valuable months of his and Congressí time and cost him precious political capital. The manner in which the legislation was drafted violated Obamaís pledge to govern openly, and its passage ó leveraged through a supermajority ó served to further galvanize the partisan divide in Congress. Fear of the impact of that reform and the costs associated with it continue to play a major role in preventing businesses from hiring new employees at a time when nearly everyone agrees that jobs must be the presidentís foremost goal. A vote to re-elect Obama promises four more years of the same. In the two debates between the two candidates so far, the president has shown little understanding of how his failures are affecting the nation, and he hasnít offered any tangible proposals to change course.
- Reno Gazette-Journal