I think we’re going to do an “Obama report card” topic next schedule. We’ll find out next week when the committee meets to picktopics.
Regardless, I find this to be an unusuallly good analysis of the limitations of his presidency so far.
But, again and again, I can’t emphasize enough that the President has no power at all over the handful of conservative Democratic senators like Ben Nelson (D-NE), Blanche Lincoln (D-LA), and Lieberman (I-insurance industry). The GOP strategy is to oppose every, single legislative initiative of the Democrats. The only way not to see this is to not want to see it. It will never matter how much an idea is de-Liberaled or watered-down to make it moderate and incremental and soothing to all powerful interest groups. The GOP has gone all in on the idea that Obama’s failure means its success.
As long as this is true (hint: always), those 3-4 Democratic holdout senators from small states that typically get reelected every 6 years with several hundred thousand votes are effectively more powerful than the guy who was elected with 65 million votes and 365 electoral votes on an explicit plan to try to solve our many social and economic problems.
Probing question for another day: Even if you don’t like Democratic ideas, is this any way to run a country in the 21st century?