(Title sung to the tune of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" from The Sound of Music)
I've been giving Barack Obama a pretty rough time here lately, and most readers have either agreed with me or given me grief for not being tough enough on him. However, one inveterate blogger, Katherine, has been especially vigorous in his defense, both here and on her blog, Move To The Left. FWIW, Katherine has solid lefty credentials (she was in Venezuela, for real, while I was pretending to be a reactionary reprobate in Vichy). The question has since been picked up by Alexander "Benjamins" Hamilton and Solomon Grundy at Left Behinds.
It's a wonderful debate, and while I'm not yet swayed -- I still think Obama's at fault for playing power politics along DLC lines, whether he's officially a member or not -- I am learning a lot, and remain open to being persuaded. It's a fun and informative discussion that the rest of you might like to join in.
It's a lot of reading, but the discussion is far enough advanced that it's worth taking a little time to come up to speed. You can follow the evolution of my thoughts about Obama here, here (actually gives the views of a pro-Pennacchio, anti-Casey Pennsylvania ex-pol with strong views about Obama's meddling in their primary), here, here, and then with increasing fervor here, here and here. Katherine has written about him primarily in comments on this thread and at this post on her site. The Left Behinds take can be found in A Little Hating On Obama and A Little More Hating On Obama).
There's your smorgasbord. Please, dig in, fire away, have fun, be polite.
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