It’s not because he’d move far to the left — it’s because he now knows how and when to pull the levers of power in Washington.
Many Americans have spent the past four years waiting for that reveal, and now that Barack Obama has won a second term, they will have a chance to find out. While Obama has been famously pragmatic, many wonder to what end. Is he a true progressive, a Blue Dog fiscal conservative, or perhaps a centrist in the Clinton mold?
Michael Grunwald, the author of a new book that deconstructs the massive stimulus bill, argued convincingly in a recent Atlantic essay that President Obama made sizable progressive changes in the early part of his term by using an insider political strategy.
Even if the president hasn’t gotten much credit for it, Grunwald writes, the $800 billion stimulus “would not only help prevent a second Great Depression, it would make a dramatic down payment on Obama’s campaign promises to reform energy, health care, education and the overall structure of the economy.”
- Congratulations to Obama [Stoat] (scienceblogs.com)
- Obama to supporters: ‘You made this happen’ (politico.com)
- For Obama, Vindication, But Not A Mandate (npr.org)
- Catholics went for Obama. (commonwealmagazine.org)