The reach of persistent progressivism. With health care, Obama has completed the unfinished agenda of Roosevelt, Johnson, and Clinton. But as Roosevelt learned when the court struck down big chunks of the New Deal, signing legislation is often just the beginning of the fight. While he lost the battle over his court-packing scheme, he won the war over the constitutionality of his program. So just as Congress has to prove it's serious, so does the executive branch. If health-care reform is implemented poorly in the next five years, Obama's victory will be Pyrrhic. Governing is a muscle, too, that requires flexing for peak performance.Howie P.S.: Locally, "KingCo officeholders to McKenna: Don't do it" (Joel Connelly) confirms that the "fight" continues.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
"1965 All Over Again?"