Millions of Americans will start off their Thanksgiving statements with, "I am thankful Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. The biggest lesson we hope he learned from over the past four is to not start negotiating from a compromise position.
Obama is the John Barrymore of American politics. "No-drama Obama" is really "Big-drama Obama." Ronald Reagan was an actor who governed like a president. Barack Obama is a president who governs like an actor.
Many of us will vote Democratic in November, despite many disappointments. But don't expect us to be able to rally others when the best we can say is that the Democrats and their national leader are better than the plausible alternatives.
Obama, and some of his defenders, seem to think that all of the people who built a career criticizing Bush for abuse of executive powers should just give Obama a pass -- never mind that he ran on a platform of dismantling those powers.
While the major fallout from Gibbs' "the professional left" flap has died down a bit, a second round of examination seems to have begun -- one much more introspective and much less knee-jerk than the first round.
The ensuing aimless frustration and fury in politics are the cards that excite the media as the pursuit of ratings turns everything into reality television. But where are the voices of the American center?
The White House and the "professional left," however that's defined, both have critical roles to play in that fight. Both roles can be difficult at times, and tension is inevitable, but we are all on the same team.
I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.
The progressive house the Obama administration has built so far is like the home built of straw in the story of "The Three Little Pigs". It looks okay, but when the Big Bad Wolf comes along he has no trouble blowing it over.
Most of the "professional left" whom Gibbs attacked will be Democrats' best foot soldiers come election time in the fall. If Democrats face a big defeat, It will be because Washington Democrats are dominated by Wall Street liberals.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been slapped around silly by commentator after commentator, decrying his anti-Lefty rage. But as I read the battle, it seems to miss a pretty fundamental point.