Obamacare and Character

The president’s job approval numbers have hit new lows. That’s actually not the worst news in a new round of polling. The worst news — or what the White House should find most worrisome — is that the president’s character has taken a hit.

For most of the Obama presidency, the majority of Americans have viewed many of his character traits positively, even if they didn’t agree with his politics. …

The sloppy rollout of the HealthCare.gov website and the president’s having promised something — “you can keep it” — that turned out not to be true for some is giving license to more Americans to dispense with their character defenses. CONT.

Charles M. Blow, New York Times