The Ordinary Gentleman has a fine examination of progressive criticism of Obama. (HT: The Daily Dish)
In short, the escrow account is an outcome of BP doing what they should be doing. That people like Andrew are inclined to take the news as some big achievement says more about the depressingly sad state of our expectations on this front than it does about the President’s negotiating skills or effectiveness.
Sorry, before Joe Barton, Tom Price, Michelle Bachmann & friends sidetracked us down a "waterboarding-is-OK-but-escrow-accounts-are-unconstitutional" debate track, I was just about to level some additonal criticisms of the President's policies and response to this crisis.
But the delay derailed those thoughts, and the witty nature of the commentary is gone forever. In their stead, I will refer you to this column and video.
Of course, my young brother did bring something up in a different comment thread. That is my burgeoning position shift from "Change I Believe In" to that of Obama being "The Least Worst" political option.
We ain't there yet, but there is growing evidence (as the Salon article suggests) to support such a shift.
Which brings me to this question, which I must answer for myself: Did the policies enacted by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and represented by Sarah Palin move the country to such a progress-resistant position that a President like Obama, with all his policy faults, appears not as the Least Worst option but the breath of Change and Hope as advertised?
I guess I just moved a personal "unknown unkowns" into the "known unknowns."