The Obama Disaster
I think that Obama is an empty vessel with great ambition. He thought that he was smart enough to be able to transcend “insignificant” political differences. Lacking any real beliefs and deluded by intellectual arrogance, his idea of victory would be creating some kind of agreement, even if it would be a surrender of anything that he pretended to be.
He brought in people who knew how to get stuff done: Summers, Emmanuel, etc. How could he not know that this Democratic Leadership Council strategy would be a political disaster?
In the end, Obama’s legacy will be to legitimize some of the worst elements of the Republican agenda and to discredit anybody in the future who tries to call for progressive change.
Our last three Democratic presidents have all been pretty smart and total disasters. All three caved when faced with opposition. Obama, however, is the worst of the bunch, taking pride in his courage to attack the relatively powerless forces calling for a modicum of decency.