“Barely six months into his presidency, Barack Obama seems to be driving south into that political speed trap known as Carter Country: a sad-sack landscape in which every major initiative meets not just with failure but with scorn from political allies and foes alike,” wrote Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie of libertarian Reason.com and Reason magazine. Former President Jimmy Carter and President Obama both inherited awful economies with dizzying budget deficits, the authors argue. In addition, they both are “smart, moralistic and enamored of alternative energy schemes,” and they face as much effective opposition from their own party’s left wing as from the GOP.
But columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. warns not to bet against Obama, noting that Democrats control Congress and Obama isn’t afraid to use that power.
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