Obama has been bombarded day-in-day-out for months, his reputation skewered from both the left and the right of the spectrum. With tonight's vote, the momentum shifts. Chapter Two of his presidency can now begin.
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As soon as the Republican leadership in Congress made it clear that they saw health care reform as Obama's "Waterloo," the gloves should have come off.
Yes, Obama's popularity ratings have fallen, and some have taken that as a sign of the administration's failure. But what is the point of governing solely to remain popular?
Obama's peace prize is, in reality, serving as a focal point for a host of other, broader critiques. If the president weren't in Oslo today, he'd still be dealing with this chorus of criticism.
Was the 2008 election really transformative only of Obama himself, alchemically rendering him government-incarnate, and definitionally making him part of the problem?
Barack Obama has always been at his best when the setting enables him to explain his vision for transformative change through the use of broad historical themes and holistic analyses.
That we, as a society, once again have the energy to protest and dissent, is actually a hopeful sign that after being knocked for a loop in recent years we're finding our footing anew.
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