Skip to main content

I’ve decided to resist criticizing Barack Obama until after the inauguration and state-of-the-union.  Even then, I’m not sure how strident I’ll be complaining about the president’s tendency to fold too soon or trade away his leverage or reward bad behavior by his opponents.

Sure, the details of the fiscal cliff deal are a little hard to swallow.  But I can appreciate the president’s impulse to get this off his plate – for now.

We need a little more time to enjoy and celebrate his re-election; to remember how brutally he was attacked, disparaged and undermined by his enemies for four years; and how he – and we – beat them soundly two months ago.

Whatever his concrete accomplishments turn out to be, Obama has transformed American politics and life.  A loss in November would have made his presidency something of an historical anomaly.  With a second term, we enter the Obama Era, a permanent expansion of the American franchise; breaking through barriers of race, immigrant status and sexual orientation.

Progressives will certainly be frustrated and disappointment over the next four years.  But I intend to impose a little self-discipline for at least another month.  It’s easy.  I’ll just channel all my resentment to House Republicans.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site