Robert Reich has a good post today, after the State of the Union, comparing Obama's administration to Clinton's. I am reluctantly starting to agree that there is a comparison to be made. Obama seems deadset determined to recapitulate the Clinton administration.
Start your administration expecting an easy victory on health care. Of course it will be easy because it's necessary, the people want it, and it just makes so much sense. Then, when you get your behind whupped on your first major initiative, immediately retreat to the right. And in moving to the right you promote the legislative defeat you've just suffered into an actual surrender, handing the conservatives a triumph which their actual power does not justify.
What a depressing day.