Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Criticism I Believe In

Update:

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.


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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."

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3 comments:

Maitri said...

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?

Yes. Many conservative and centrist friends of mine voted for Obama ONLY because he was anyone but Bush.

And, just this past week, D made a similar thought shift on Obama to He's Still A Smart Person And Doing A Lot More Than A Conservative Would Do In The Same Position But I Am Sorely Disappointed In His Current Weak Stance On More Than Just The Oil Spill.

Me: I just want Obama to cut a bitch.

Dante said...

Obama's biggest issue right now is that he doesn't realize his job has changed since being elected President. Obama was crucial in getting some recent high profile legislation passed such as health insurance reform and stimulus, but he's not a Senator anymore. First and foremost he runs the executive branch of government. And in the running of the executive branch, Obama has failed to distance himself from Bush on some high profile issues like Iraq, Guantanamo, and the oil spill. For someone who spent the majority of his time on the campaign trail telling us that the most evil and bad thing that could happen ever ever ever is the continuation of Bush's policies, he's disillusioned some people. And until he actually changes how he runs things in his real job, he's just going to continue disillusioning people.

Obama the bully of Congress is doing what he said he'd do. Obama the head of the Executive Branch of the US Government? Not so much. There's that experience argument McCain bandied about (until he took on Palin as a running mate). I personally thought it was a load of crap until recently. I still think McCain overplayed that one but at least now I believe he had a point.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

@ Maitri - I'm with you and D. Almost every disappointment I have in Obama are on those policy issues where he has either continued or modified the status quo of the previous administration.

@ Dante - Fantastic analysis. During the campaign, I knew that either Obama or McCain would represent a change for the better from the disasterous Bush/Cheney years. But with McCain's displaying the same policy fealty of the status quo, I thought Obama would provide the greater progress-prone policies.

I was doubly convinced of that when McCain chose to continue the politics of culture war with his runnig mate.