Yesterday, Obama spoke at a large rally that was intended to help rally the Democratic base for the midterm election. But will his party be able to narrow the enthusiasm gap with Republicans? The indicators aren't encouraging.
Politics is tedious, grinding, petty and - unless you're completely twisted beyond all reason (like myself) - kind of boring. Presidents don't cure all ills and make everyone get along - no one does that.
Robert Gibbs recently expressed his frustration with what he called the "professional left." Who would have thought that Obama's biggest problem in his first few years in office would be one of communication?
Between the choice of achieving what's possible within the limits of politics as given, or changing the political conditions to extend the limits of possibility and thereby achieve his intended goals, Barack Obama has chosen the former.
Tea Party candidates suffered defeats in yesterday's primaries in Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina, but are enjoying varying degrees of success in Florida, Kentucky, and Utah. It's going to be an interesting election season to watch.
Organizing For America, which was born from the Obama campaign's emailing list, needs to identify the real source of its problems: the fact that Barack Obama is not making voters as enthusiastic as he once did.