The president's critics Left and Right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with no sense of history, thrown in for good measure. Obama critics' ideological ideas defined their "reality" rather than reality defining their ideas.
The Democratic base seems to have coalesced around two opposing realities: Either Obama is a cynical hack, or he's doing the best any human being could possibly do. Both positions lead to inaction, and both are wrong.
Democrats won't succeed in getting public opinion behind their Wall Street reform if they let their opponents define the bill. So far, they've been doing an excellent job defining it themselves, for once.
People in the Tea Party are mostly white, mostly Republican and mostly misinformed, but they are also dangerous. Despite appearances of weakness, they are still here and they're not going anywhere soon. Progressives must recognize the threat.
I made 10 short videos about health care reform. I wasn't hired to do it, I wasn't asked to do it. I just did it because the issue is important to me personally, to my family and to my country. And I did it because I could.