Thursday, June 17, 2010


Andrew Sullivan reflects on the left's unhappiness with President Obama:

I sure understand why people feel powerless and angry about the vast forces that control our lives and over which we seem to have only fitful control - big government and big business. But it seems to me vital to keep our heads and remain focused on what substantively can be done to address real problems, and judge Obama on those terms. When you do, you realize that the left's "disgruntleist" faction needs to take a chill pill.

He goes on to talk about several issues where Obama's slow and steady approach has paid dividends. I largely agree with Sullivan. The netroots left and liberals need to understand that while we may not have President Anthony Weiner in the Oval, we do have a president who is doing all he can to advance a broadly progressive agenda. And he's doing it in an incredibly tough political environment.

I do disagree with Sullivan regarding Obama's civil liberties record, which should come as no surprise to readers of this blog. He's made steps in the right direction, but also made some things even worse. These issues seem to be no-brainers to me, so I reserve the right to bitch and moan. On the whole, though, liberals have a lot more to be happy about than pissed about from this administration.

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