... Obama would have been a better, more positively effective president. If Obama's limitations had been acknowledged in practical ways up front, then he wouldn't be so easy to cast as a failure because he wouldn't have his early soaring image to be measured against. But more importantly, if criticism hadn't been suppressed and branded as racist then there would be less resentment. There would have been more sense that a fair battle had been fought and Obama had won it on the merits, so there would have been more willingness to shake hands and get some work done. The suppression and branding was used against Democrats who criticized Obama during the 2007/2008 primary season, was ramped up in the the general election, and was continued into 2010. The afterglow has worn off pretty thoroughly now. People left and right criticize Obama now. Even Chris Matthews criticizes Obama now. I feel better about America going forward, both in the rough and tumble political summer and in the next four years, because all the players seem more real now, not demons, not angels. Except for Al Franken. He's still a demon. I keed! I keed!