Back in 2008, the smart liberal spin on "post-partisanship" -- one which frankly I bought into -- is that it was in part an effort to put a popular, centrist sheen on a relatively liberal agenda. Instead, as Leonhardt points out, what Obama has wound up with is an unpopular, liberal sheen on a relatively centrist agenda.
He's right, and worth reading. He also says this:
Mistakes were made along the way to health care reform, but you've paid the political price for health care: now pass the fucking thing.