It's tough when even some Republicans are making more sense on an issue than the president. This is a losing battle for Obama, because the harder he fights it the more he's fighting against his own stated views on science and politics.
The fraud of Pigford is real. It's tens of millions of dollars, at least. The USDA knows about it. They aren't telling the truth and unfortunately, if we're going to get to the truth it's going to have to come from Republican-led hearings.
Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been slapped around silly by commentator after commentator, decrying his anti-Lefty rage. But as I read the battle, it seems to miss a pretty fundamental point.
What puts this first year in perspective for me is that: Obama may not be smarter than all of us, but he sure is smarter by a long shot than McCain would have been. And that, for now, is enough for me.
Arianna has written much that I agree with. But when it comes to her suggestion that there is some great difference between President Obama and Candidate Obama, I have to register the strongest possible dissent.
The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.