The Republicans are paying the costs of the permanent campaign. President Barack Obama is reaping its benefits.
But ultimately, the permanent campaign hurts everyone by valuing ambition over governing competency, by exposing governance to the corrosive effects of constantly negative messaging and by giving leaders excuses for postponing big decisions. The length of our campaigns for president should cause Americans to again ask if the process produces the best nominees and presidents.
2011 should tell us that the answer is no.