Mickey Kaus has a list of the things President Obama could have done differently throughout his presidency. Take a look here.Ezra Klein provides us with a progressive’s surprisingly substantial list of what, from a liberal viewpoint, are the good things Washington has accomplished since Obama moved in:
Indeed, if you had taken me aside in 2008 and sketched out the first three years of Obama’s presidency, I would have thought you were being overoptimistic: an $800 billion stimulus package — recall that people were only talking in the $200-$300 billion range back then — followed by near-universal health-care reform, followed by financial regulation, followed by another stimulus (in the 2010 tax deal), followed by the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” followed by the killing of Osama bin Laden and the apparent ousting of Moammar Gaddafi? There was no way. And yet all that did get done.
It’s hard to tell which is more remarkable: how long Klein’s list of liberal accomplishments by the Obama administration is, or how little an impression those accomplishments have made on the President’s supporters. When the economy is working against you, nothing really helps.