If President Obama is reelected, he would be one of the weakest presidents in recent memory. Nothing about his first term or his campaign for reelection has established a purpose for a second term. His campaign has mostly been about attacks on his opponent. He’s offered few plans that would pass Congress, and he has had to keep his ideology mostly hidden from view. This, combined with some practical realities, would limit the president from doing any of the meaningful or difficult things that the United States requires.
There’s the possibility that this doesn’t bother the president. Perhaps his reelection is just about regime survival, not governing. He doesn’t appear to want to do much anyway. Things like the fiscal cliff at home and retrenchment from abroad don’t seem urgent to him.
Here are five reasons Obama would fail in a second term: