Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game This is a very interesting analysis by people who are looking at execution instead of ideology. You'll see people like Van Jones quoted in here. It shows that Obama, by and large, made several large tactical errors that cost him the support he needed to get his major activities through as he wanted them. And that bending and twisting is package (as in the case of Obamacare) pissed off as many people he needed long term, as it got him short term. Not overly partisan.....very well done. From the article: Barack Obama could have learned something from LBJ. As a candidate Obama promised to change the way Washington works and he rode a wave of global support into the White House. His first two years in office have repeatedly been compared to the New Deal under Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Society under Johnson, with historic achievements on health care, Wall Street reform and other domestic priorities. But Obamas first term has also left many of his supporters wondering whether those accomplishments could have been bigger in size, scope and impact. The health care reform legislation was built largely off a conservative model, with millions of people shuttled into the private market. The financial regulatory reform bill contained carve-outs for the private sector and is widely regarded as not far-reaching enough to curb some of the banking industrys worst practices. The White House made little effort to push labor priorities like the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have granted workers more avenues to form unions. The Iraq war may have ended, but the war in Afghanistan heated up, with lingering confusion as to why troops remain there.