Kevin Drum, on Obama’s press conference:
(1) Purist liberals better get used to rhetoric like this. I think we’re going to see more of it. (2) Even so, everyone needs to give up on the idea of Obama being challenged by anyone substantial in the 2012 primary. Even Democrats aren’t that suicidal. (3) Hated or not, Obama’s tax deal is fairly good for the economy and it quite likely cements his reelection chances. If GDP growth is even in the neighborhood of 3% a year from now, I don’t think he’s beatable. (4) Looking at American politics from a 100,000-foot level, conservatives have won. Programmatic liberalism is essentially dead for a good long time, and small bore stuff is probably the best we can hope for over the next 10-20 years — though social liberalism will continue to make steady advances.
We may not have 10 or 20 years. Within that time, the climate will be a’lurching and crops a’failing and people a’moving a’massively. Business will not be as usual because we won’t know what usual is.