Things Done And Not Done
Obama is stuck trying to convince [2008 supporters] in very practical, non-soaring terms that he really has done a lot for them. That list is pretty long[. . . .] Were there disappointments too? Sure. [. . .] But that's to be expected. This is the real world, not utopia, and Obama is a cautious, pragmatic, mainstream, center-left Democratic president.
I'm good with this appraisal. Here's the problem though, Obama gets credit for what has been done and also blame for what has not been done. Just below in the Open thread, ABG writes about $1.5 billion in savings to seniors on prescription drugs and demands acceptance that ACA worked and the public option not being included is not important. I think Obama get credit for the $1.5 billion savings and also questions about the public option (and the housing finance crisis, among others). It's not all one thing or the other. I have stated that I think Obama could have been a great President and was not. but he was not terrible either. And obviously he has my support for reelection.
Drum titles his post "Real Obama vs. Fantasy Obama." That's kind of dumb imo. It's real Obama, the good things vs. Real Obama, the not so good things. He's not running against FDR. He's running against Romney or Gingrich.
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