Bill Keller now has a column that will appear every other Monday for the New York Times.
In his first piece, out today, titled, “Fill in the Blanks: Why does Obama let his critics define him?” Keller ponders what happened to the Barry he voted for.
Well, he has four reasons for Obama’s trouble right now:
The decline in Obama’s political fortunes, the Great Disappointment, can be attributed to four main factors: the intractable legacy bequeathed by George W. Bush; Republican resistance amounting to sabotage; the unrealistic expectations and inevitable disenchantment of some of the president’s supporters; and, to be sure, the man himself.
Comical, at best. Buuuuush!
Would Keller have voted for candidate Obama if he then knew President Obama a) wouldn’t close Guantanamo, b) wouldn’t close Bagram, c) would escalate the War in Afghanistan, d) keep Bush’s Secretary of Defense, e) keep Bush’s general, eventually appointing him to run the CIA, f) ask Bush’s FBI director to say on past his appointed term and g) lose the House of Representatives?
Keller ends with:
So let’s get real. Yes, Obama could do better. But we could do a lot worse.
Inspirational! From “Yes we can” to “Ehh, he’s better than Perry/Romney/TBD!”