Sunday, July 31, 2011

Obama in the Middle

Listening to the criticism of Obama from both sides reminds me (again) of the classic Onion headline after his election: "Black man hired for worst job in the world." The criticism from his base is hardest to hear, those who claim he has become--gasp--centrist-right. Meanwhile, those on the right see him as a Maoist Kenyan usurper. I wish they would at least acknowledge that he is making compromises for them, and make a commensurate effort themselves. I don't see that effort, do you?

While the people at the ends of the spectrum try to pull the tent down--in the rain--the people in the center are getting more and more pissed off.

I lost the tweet, but someone on twitter says: if you want a progressive president you need a progressive congress." My expectations of him weren't high going in because of the huge mess he inherited and what was looming on the horizon, and because of what we've seen over and over--the way the realpolitik of DC and the world degrades the best intentions and means much unpleasant compromise. He HAS to compromise to get anything done. Right now he's trying to save the country while every faction fights for its own agenda instead of for survival and growth for all.

That, at least, is how it looks on the outside looking in.

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