DID OBAMA TRY TO DO TOO MUCH?
From The Week:
"Barack Obama’s Big Bang is beginning to backfire," said Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei in Politico. The president's "plans for rapid, once-in-a-generation overhauls of energy, financial regulation, and health care are running into stiff resistance." Obama was hoping to "use a season of economic anxiety to enact sweeping changes the public likely wouldn’t stomach in ordinary times," but the public's mood has shifted—"from optimism about Obama’s possibility to concern he may be overreaching."
Republicans have got Obama on the run, said Fred Barnes in The Wall Street Journal. The media denounced former vice president Dick Cheney for challenging Obama's "inclination to go soft in the war on terror," then criticized former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin when her controversial statement about "death panels" exposed flaws in Obama's health-care reform plans. But guess what—in both cases, the Republicans' arguments "carried the day."
President Obama has indeed had some "setbacks" recently, said Jason Zengerle in The New Republic, but that's no reason for Democrats to "hit the panic button." A year ago people were "freaking out" because they thought Obama was bungling his presidential campaign—and we all know how that turned out. And while Obama has hit some bumps on health care and Afghanistan, "it's quite possible, maybe even likely, that the defining issue/event of the Obama administration has yet to even occur."