Chris Stirewalt | Liberal frustrations grow after 100 days of Obama 2.0

“We are writing to express our deep concern about the nation’s corrupt  campaign finance system and about your failure, to date, as President to provide  meaningful leadership or take effective action to solve this fundamental problem  facing our democracy.”

— Letter to President Obama from a coalition of liberal groups  calling for more regulation of political donations and spending.

President Obama is not Mitt Romney. And on the 100th day of his second term  in office, that seems to be his cardinal virtue among members of his political  base.

Despite – or, more likely, because of – the president’s boldly liberal vision  and broad promises after his re-election, liberal Democrats are feeling crabby  about Obamism these days.

A largely unchecked genocide in Syria, an ever-escalating drone warfare  program, a botched effort for gun control, fumbling implementation of the new  health law, defeats on fiscal policy and the president’s seeming acceptance of  business as usual in Washington are all causing alarm on the left. What is the  use of having a crusading liberal president if he won’t crusade or can’t win  when he does?

Obama is facing some serious problems with the mainstream electorate, too.  The economy remains puny and faces growing peril. There is new evidence that the  intelligence apparatus missed warnings about the April 15 terrorist attack in  Boston. Frustrations are growing over federal debt. And the health law, already  unpopular, is fulfilling many critics’ worst expectations.


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