According to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times:
The Democratic lawmakers worry that the Tea Party freshmen have already “neutered” the president, as one told me. They fret that Obama is an inept negotiator. They worry that he should have been out in the country selling a concrete plan, rather than once more kowtowing to Republicans and, as with the stimulus plan, health care and Libya, leading from behind.
As one Democratic senator complained: “The president veers between talking like a peevish professor and a scolding parent.” (Not to mention a jilted lover.) Another moaned: “We are watching him turn into Jimmy Carter right before our eyes.”
I, for one, was unaware Maureen Dowd had become a contributor to CONTENTIONS.
Her critiques are a bit familiar and a bit late; many of us, after all, have been making these observations for many months now. No matter; I’m delighted to welcome Dowd to our (professional) family.