How did we get here? At the beginning of his second year, a potentially transformative and historic president finds himself being knocked around by Republicans and trapped by his own overly grandiose goals.
Progressives who thought they'd won when Obama was elected must now realize that they have tougher fight ahead: Only when campaign finance reform is achieved will they be the base to which Democrats race.
If the people who elected President Obama stop feeling excited about his current direction, the populist energies that could mobilize fundamental change, will instead mobilize the right's reactionary goals.
The claim by conservatives that they are innocent of incitement, does not hold up. Listening to the near-hysterical attacks on Obama, launched by the likes of radio's Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, can be frightening.
After watching this absurdity playing out in the stimulus debate, people are calling on Sen. Reid to make the Republicans follow through and actually filibuster legislation and show this spectacle to the public.