Paul Krugman now thinks the merely mortal current president maybe "Wasn't The One We've Been Waiting For," according to the  headline of a recent blog post. "I'm pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama," he explains: he "seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in." Others are willing to cut the president some slack--but not much.
  • Better Strategy, Please  "It is indisputable," allows the New York Times editorial board, "that the Republicans have settled on a tactic of obstruction, disinformation and fear-mongering, but it is equally indisputable that the Democrats have not countered it well."
  • You Want to Win or Lose?  Blogger BooMan of Booman Tribune speaks for the partisan left: "Until the Obama administration is willing ... to behave like they are serious about defeating the Republicans and driving them into the ground, we are going to lose elections to lightweights like Scott Brown whenever our own candidates are less than satisfying."
  • 'Cowboy Up,' says The New York Times' Timothy Egan. "Democrats are good at bleeding, kvetching and woe-is-me-ing." But "the Democrats still have a 58 seats in the Senate--perhaps 59, depending on Joe Lieberman's loyalty of the hour ... far more than George W. Bush ever had, and he used it to do whatever he wanted to with the country." So? "They can cowboy up, pass health care...[and] then explain what they're doing." They should "ask who gets rich when nothing changes."
  • Dear House Democrat: Couched as a letter to a "nervous and frustrated House Democrat" wondering whether or not to vote for health care reform again, Jonathan Cohn urges boldness: "You can be a part of this moment in history--and, if you play your cards right, stick around in Congress long enough to enjoy it. It just takes some common sense--and maybe a little mettle."