I am coming to the conclusion that the country cannot be governed from the reasonable center.
Obama is, without question, the most reasonable and effective president I've seen in my 38 years.
Given the utter catastrophe he inherited from eight years of malicious neglect, he has exceed my expectations by:
* pulling out of Iraq
* passing health care reform
* passing financial reform
* at least trying to close Gitmo (stalled by congress)
* remove legal barriers to stem cell research
* expanded the Pell grant program
* passing a stimulus package that successfully
averted an apocalyptic money fire
* signed a new START treaty with Russia
* held BP accountable for raping the Gulf
* improving our relations with our traditional
He did this IN TWO YEARS. TWO.
And he did this with a congress comprising a mule-stubborn and slightly insane minority party who could not be negotiated with, despite heroic efforts on his part to do so.
Heck, he is even doing pretty well on keeping his campaign promises
Did Obama go far enough in his agenda to satisfy me? No. Has he attempted to build a coalition with a radical opposition in ways that I find distasteful? Yes. Has he watered down his vision to achieve larger goals? Of course he has. That's what functioning democracies do.
However until US voters wisely elect me Despot for Life, I will have to temper my expectations of elected officials.
I am weary of the complaints on the Left that Obama has betrayed them. Things for LGBTs and women are so much better than they were 8 years ago and under a continued Obama administrations, the chances for improvement are significantly better than under GOP rule.
If one cannot see now that the GOP is simply the party of rich old white men (of which I am), then frankly one is desperate need of an optometrist.
If Obama cannot remain popular with Lefties, no one can. Jack Kennedy has left the building and his like will not be seen again.