Maybe House Democrats can pull this (healthcare reform) out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.
But enough about Krugman…
We were reading the comments to this piece and a general theme was a lamenting a lack of strength or resolve by Obama himself to see through his agenda. We didn’t expect anyone to really criticize the content of the legislation on Obama’s slate but what had us mildly surprised is that no one seemed objectionable to the tawdry, unseemly and outright corrupt manner in which Obamacare was fashioned.
Sure, there is always going to be a degree of “the end justifies the means” among acolytes of any political figure but Obama who fashioned himself as a pragmatic centrist made the “means” the focal point of his campaign. Hope and Change weren’t end states but rather the road or journey that would expose “the process” of Washington to the sanitizing effects of sunlight.
Maybe we need to get out more but the fact that growing criticisms of Obama from his left lock on to his lack of resolve and political experience (we knew all this already) rather than his complete and total abrogation of his campaign meme’ is, well, disappointing.