Andrew. wrote:This is about the NDAA? You're talking out your ass and full of shit, infidel.
Blaming Obama for something congress passed with veto-proof majorities is like blaming him for shitty supreme court decisions. You can make the argument that he should have jabber-jawed congress into submission, but in the end they are their own branch of government. Despite the way they rolled over for Bush, but that has more to do with half of them being in the pockets of moneyed interests.
When he was elected, he had a modest platform, but considering the state of the nation at the time, that was all that could really be hoped for. I certainly didn't expect some liberal messiah, and my limited understanding of how corrupt our government is and how it works tempered my expectations. And that was before the economy went straight down the shitter months before he took office. Even with the last part he's gotten most of his agenda through, albeit watered down at times.
When he was elected, democrats won a majority in the Senate, yes. Popular opinion was backing them and wanted bold action. Republicans, however, decided to block everything they possibly could within their power and forced most things to get through with a super majority. This swung the balance of power in the Senate to conservative democrats, moderate republicans, and Lieberman, who forced every piece of progressive legislation that was passed through the house to be watered down and more industry friendly. Obama could veto everything as not good enough, but the result would have been even less being accomplished.
The only time the Senate had enough democrats to overcome Republican obstruction was the months between Al Franken finally getting approved, and Ted Kennedy's death. That was it. The republicans strategy was to block as much as possible, and hobble the government from improving the economy to hurt the democrats reelection chances (which worked in 2010).
This was not fertile ground for anything too progressive, especially beyond what little Obama promised, and it was unrealistic to expect Obama to grandstand his way into getting anything more. Anyone to the left of Obama would face the same obstacles.