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3:23 PM, August 5th, 2011

Barack Obama: Washington’s Most Effective Politician?

So argues Andrew Sullivan, who ticks off the president’s political accomplishments and failures:

Here are the political accomplishments: defeating the most heavily favored party machine in decades (the Clintons) while actually bringing his biggest rival into his cabinet, where she has performed extraordinarily well; helping to cement the GOP’s broad identity as extremists opposed to compromise; entrenching black and Hispanic loyalty to his party; retaining solid favorables and not-too-shabby approval ratings during the worst recession since the 1930s. 44 percent of the country still (rightly) blame Bush for this mess, only 15 percent blame Obama.

On policy: ending the US torture regime; prevention of a second Great Depression; enacting universal healthcare; taking the first serious steps toward reining in healthcare costs; two new female Supreme Court Justices; ending the gay ban in the military; ending the Iraq war; justifying his Afghan Surge by killing bin Laden and now disentangling with face saved; firming up alliances with India, Indonesia and Japan as counter-weights to China; bailing out the banks and auto companies without massive losses (and surging GM profits); advancing (slowly) balanced debt reduction without drastic cuts during the recession; and financial re-regulation.

Yes, there have been failures. The election of Scott Brown; the 2010 mid-terms; the surrender to Netanyahu and AIPAC; the botched and ill-conceived war in Libya; the failure to embrace Bowles Simpson up-front; the collapse of cap and trade (maybe not such a bad thing anyway). But notice what hasn’t happened. Where are all the scandals promised by Michelle Malkin? Where are his Katrinas and Monicas?

What do you think?

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    this list is why i don’t blame president obama for much in terms of the shitty state of affairs for our country these...
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    I still believe in Mr. President and it’s unfair that Washington shows him no respect. I think with Madame Speaker in...
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    So argues Andrew Sullivan, who ticks off the president’s political accomplishments and
  9. akash-jain reblogged this from carpe-cerevisi and added:
    Wow, that’s actually really interesting. I think over the last few years, pretty much everyone with a brain has seen...
  10. eledhwens reblogged this from carpe-cerevisi and added:
    ^THIS.
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    I still believe in Mr. President and it’s unfair that Washington shows him no respect. I think with Madame Speaker in...
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