What can we expect from a President who presides over a relatively conservative public, whose party is fractured by a fundamental contradiction, and whose legislative agenda is held hostage by Ben Nelson?
Republicans leaders have been attempting to prevent Obama from moving America in a different direction. However, they haven't prevented him from enacting several significant pieces of legislation in his first year in office.
If Obama wants to make sure he doesn't let down the millions who believed he really would change the system, he should read the The Audacity to Win -- and rediscover a whole host of things he knows, but seems to have forgotten.
Those who thought Obama would end all war, wipe out global poverty, save the environment, and eradicate terrorism in one fell swoop will be sadly disappointed by this mere earthling's first year performance.
We cannot shortchange the shift in consciousness that Obama's election stands for and that his Presidency continues to inspire. The left is always caught between moral righteousness and legislative reality.
Coming off the election, the president had enormous political capital (really a blank check to move forward with anything he campaigned for), and I can't help thinking that he didn't make enough use of it.
If Obama had really charged in there riding the forceful energy of the historic election, there really could have been an historic "first hundred days." Instead of what happened, which is the Obamas got a dog.
Barack Obama ended up beating John McCain rather easily one year ago, but Stephen Colbert didn't stay in the race for the White House or Obama could have really been in trouble (for a minute or two, anyway).
Over the last few months, a number of prominent political columnists have pointed to historian and social critic Richard Hofstadter to explain what is happening to the Republican Party. Here's why they shouldn't.