That’s the Obama I voted for:
* Pinning the blame for gridlock where it belongs.
* Not backing off an inch on health care.
* Not backing off on an inch on energy and climate change.
* Going after the financial sector twice, once with the big-bank tax and again with consumer financial protection. Those are going to be tough “no” votes for the Republicans, and I doubt they’ll be able to hold ranks when forced to cast them over and over and over again.
* Demanding a jobs bill, with the “freeze” to come after two years of hefty increases in domestic spending.
* And, predictably, moving forward on DADT. (I hope that those who predicted otherwise will inquire into the errors in method that led to to that mistake.)
Yes, I could have done without a capital gains tax cut for small businesses. But on the substance it was basically fine, on the politics he did his “triangulation” against the conservadems and the GOP – making them “Washington” standing in the way of getting the nation’s business done, and on the rhetoric he was pitch-perfect, framing a solidly progressive agenda in the rhetoric of national greatness.
I watched at an OFA debate-watching party, and I think that crowd went home energized.