That’s what Paul Krugman seems to think:
What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?
I realize that with hostile Republicans controlling the House, there’s not much Mr. Obama can get done in the way of concrete policy. Arguably, all he has left is the bully pulpit. But he isn’t even using that — or, rather, he’s using it to reinforce his enemies’ narrative.
Keeping in mind that Krugman had entitled an earlier column “Franklin Delano Obama?” two months before the president even took office, one can understand why he is upset. But hey, just wait until he finds out about when Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling…