There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.
Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.
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.
Populism is not so much a political stance (as "conservatism" is, for instance) as it is a political tactic. Meaning it can be used equally well by either side of our current American political divide.
Let's look at the poker hand we've been dealt on health care reform. Democrats have now officially gone from "pot committed" to "all in." The stakes, to be blunt, have been raised until they are as high as they can go.
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.
November wasn't a particularly good month for President Obama in the polls. Not disastrous by any means, but not very cheerful either. For the first time, Obama's numbers flirted with going below 50 percent.