After looking at the comments to the previous post, I'd like to take this moment to revist a few points. Number one, during the last election, I told everyone who would listen that either candidate, McCain or Obama, would be better than the previous 8 years. I still feel absolutely vindicated. I think about all the crises Obama has had to face in his first 7 months & change in office, and I like to think about how Ol' Dubya would have responded to them. That picture ain't pretty.
And kudos to the opposition party, who has been able to almost completely erase the last 8 years from the collective memory. This has worked out so well for y'all, I think you may have thrown the last election just to pin all these problems on the new guy. In reality, I think it says a lot that so many people have moved on so quickly. Our American popular culture does not like to learn lessons or self evaluate in the face of consequences. Especially when there are enough neocons still around to call people traitors, terrorist sympathizers or soft on national defense.
Second, the Obama administration has only been here 7 months and change. It takes time to change momentum, especially in a nation as large and dynamic and complex as this one. Moreso if that nation is in an economic freefall.
I'll admit, this administration has lost a lot of luster for me, personally. I wanted to see different things (infrastructure, education, health care) and the GOP initiated/Dem blamed Wall Street bailouts chafe. But guess what? The direction is a hell of a lot closer to what I want to see than anything over the last 8 years or anything proposed by the current GOP.
From defending deplorable actions by the past administration to their "tireless" work to get C. Ray Nagin re-elected, the GOP and their mouthpieces have lost almost all credibility with me. Y'all had your 8 (more like 14) years to get stuff done.
Now, I'm going to give the new guy a lot longer than 7 months and change to define himself.