Friday, January 27, 2012

Ryan Lizza on "The Obama Memos"

"Hundreds of pages of internal White House memos show Obama grappling with the unpleasant choices of government."

Ryan Lizza:
He is frustrated with the irrational side of Washington, but he also leans on the wisdom of his political advisers when they make a strong case that a good policy is bad politics. The private Obama is close to what many people suspect: a President trying to pass his agenda while remaining popular enough to win reƫlection.

Obama didn’t remake Washington. But his first two years stand as one of the most successful legislative periods in modern history. Among other achievements, he has saved the economy from depression, passed universal health care, and reformed Wall Street. Along the way, Obama may have changed his mind about his 2008 critique of Hillary Clinton. “Working the system, not changing it” and being “consumed with beating” Republicans “rather than unifying the country and building consensus to get things done” do not seem like such bad strategies for success after all. MORE...
Howie P.S.: Some may find this analysis to be a rationale and apology for Obama's performance.

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