I almost choked on my Diet Pepsi when I read this article on Time Swampland….
NARRATIVE ISN’T EVERYTHING, AND OBAMA ISN’T FDR:
It’s a little hard to summarize succinctly, but Jon Chait’s response to the much-forwarded Drew Westen New York Times essay is well worth a read. Chait’s conclusion:
Obama took office at the cusp of a massive worldwide
financial crisis that was bound to inflict severe damage on himself and
his party. That he faced such difficult circumstances does not absolve
him of blame for any failures. It sets the bar lower, but the bar still
exists. How should we judge Obama against it? I would argue that both
the legislative record of 2009-2010 and Obama’s personal popularity
level exceed the expectation level — facing worse economic conditions
than the last two Democratic presidents at a similar juncture, Obama is
far more popular than Jimmy Carter and nearly as popular as Bill
Clinton, and vastly more accomplished than both put together.