There are three kinds of fail.
The classic failure.
The basic failure.
And of course, the all time favorite
the Epic Failure!
Now to classically fail, all you have to do is go out and just do something that hasn't worked before, say it's a great idea anyway, and defend it as if it were the holy grail itself.
The basic failure is simpler even still, and that entails just doing something which has no chance in hell of ever working no matter how much energy or effort is front loaded into it.
But the epic failure...now that is a leap of such stupendous stupidity, ignorance, and just plain bad judgment that it leaves sages speechless, mothers fainting in despair, and shocked onlookers mesmerized by the horrendous mess that your effort has left behind.
I hope to G-d in heaven that Obama eschews these fails, and wisely considers all those promises he made on the campaign trail...because brother Obama, you are so close to dancing with the devil that it unnerves me.