Liberals Losing Obama Buzz After 100 Days of Barack 2.0

Published on May 2, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 9.36.32 AM“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.

The president knew that his second term, and thereby the enshrinement of his legacy, would be a struggle. But he had a plan. The president, tapping into unlimited donations from well-heeled benefactors, would keep the same activist core that won him a second term on the march to achieve policy goals.

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