December 11, 2009

IT IS PRECISELY TO THE DEGREE THAT HE STRAYED FROM CLINTON/W THAT HE GOT IN TROUBLE:

Hillary Was Right: Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be president, and he better figure out what he’s doing before it’s too late. (Reihan Salam, 12/11/09, Daily Beast)

The most glaring and consequential unforced error came in how the Obama administration framed the health-care reform debate. The mantra of "bending the cost curve" was tailor-made for conservative and moderate intellectuals who preach the gospel of entitlement reform. [...]

The other big unforced error was over Afghanistan, where the president made the very bad decision to freeze out Hamid Karzai early in his term.


Had he just picked up the Third Way cudgel and fought for universalizing HSAs and personalizing SS he'd be fine.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2009 6:51 AM
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