December 1, 2009

NOW THERE'S A BUSHISM WE CAN ALL AGREE ON:

Obama's Brilliant First Year: By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since Franklin Roosevelt. (Jacob Weisberg, Nov. 28, 2009, Slate)

This conventional wisdom about Obama's first year isn't just premature—it's sure to be flipped on its head by the anniversary of his inauguration on Jan. 20. If, as seems increasingly likely, Obama wins passage of a health care reform a bill by that date, he will deliver his first State of the Union address having accomplished more than any other postwar American president at a comparable point in his presidency. This isn't an ideological point or one that depends on agreement with his policies. It's a neutral assessment of his emerging record—how many big, transformational things Obama is likely to have made happen in his first 12 months in office.

The case for Obama's successful freshman year rests above all on the health care legislation now awaiting action in the Senate.


One would like to give Mr. Weisberg the benefit of the doubt and call this brilliant satire, but the author, who spent 8 years pretending not to understand what George W. Bush was saying, apparently really believes that the UR has had a great year because of legislation he can't pass.

Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt here, he's still arguing that no matter what the Congress did pass it would be more significant than, for example, W's tax cuts, NCLB, overthrow of the Taliban, withdrawal from Kyoto and the ABM Treaty, Fast Track Free Trade Authority, and banning of new fetal stem cell lines. The mere idea of health care reform would seem to have become such an obsession for the Left that it renders them incapable of thought.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2009 4:39 PM
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