The lowlights are also pretty clear:
- Obama got everyone to say some nice things at Copenhagen, but really, doing anything to slow down carbon-based pollution has been a total bust.
- Immigration reform hasn't happened, though it was pretty obvious bipartisan cooperation there was dead for a long time halfway through Bush's second term.
- As Drum mentions, despite some early positive indications, unwinding Bush's travesties on civil liberties basically hasn't happened.
- The health care reform bill leaves a lot to be desired. Forget the lack of a public option; the climbdown on end-of-life care, on covering non-citizens, on doing more to make insurance more affordable for those living at working class wages, left much to be desired.
- Appointments to subcabinet positions have been bad, and to the judiciary have been even worse.
- There's a general distate for Obama's habit of negotiating with himself. How this is perceived by the median voter is still unclear to me, though.
- There seems to be a lot of fear that deficit-reduction hysteria is going to lead to some terrible budgets in the near future, along with an awful reduction in promised--and paid for-- Social Security benefits.
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