February 7, 2009

OPPOSITE!:

The Quickie Honeymoon: With the Daschle mess and the outsourcing of the stimulus bill to the Democratic Congress, Obama runs the risk (already!) of seeming same-old, same-old. (John Heilemann, Feb 6, 2009, New York)

The quick end of that sweet and blissful interval comes as something of a shock. There were five good reasons to expect that Obama's runway would be longer and less littered with obstructions than usual. The first was the smoothness of his transition and the superstar-laden lineup he installed. The second was the scale of the economic and financial crisis that confronts the country, which would seem to have raised the political cost of rank obstructionism. The third was the consensus from left to right that supersize action was required. The fourth was the magnitude of Obama’s electoral victory and the mandate it ostensibly bestowed. And fifth were his skills as a communicator, which even his staunchest foes were apt to compare to Ronald Reagan’s.

That these five factors have produced something less than a nirvana-like political environment can be blamed on an array of villains.


The other possibility is so obvious that it's no wonder Mr. Heilemann can't consider it: every single one of those 5 assumptions is wrong.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2009 10:51 AM
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