I just loafed this over at S'ville.
I 'd like to add a bit about the "how." that is, how "he could've done better." one of the frequent critiques of "far" lefties is "well, what more could he have done, smarty pants?" and i'd like to point to the model of LBJ and Truman, for two recent dem examples. nobody ever, not ever, asks "why do the rethugs maintain a United Front, but dems don't?"
and that makes me insane. everybody pretends like there's "nothing any leading dem can do" about Blue Dog senators. that's such utter crap. if you want a senator to act in a certain way and you're preznit, you, um, use executive power, n shit.
you come down hard on your out of line fellow party member, and rock his/her world. it Can Be Done. and has been. i just really wish this point were more discussed, because it leads to the inevitable conclusion: the dems are the way they are because they like being the New Repubicans. from the Leader on down, they bash leftists and fail to enact policy even while holding a majority because they don't want to pass bills that make things right and better.