In February of 2008 (https://www.africanamerica.org/...8938052196530/page/1),I said the following, in response to a thread Noah started asking what a "successful" Obama presidency would look like:
"a successful presidency cannot depend on what Congress will be willing to do, or how large his mandate is. That's because, as you point out, Noah, he has indicated no qualifiers. In fact, he has stated that he'll be able to cross party lines and build and win consensus. So these points are indeed non-issues. If he feels confidently enough in his abilities to actually promise that during the campaign, then we can't explain away any failures he may sustain by saying that Congress didn't cooperate. He has taken that excuse completely off the table.
And I admire him for that, quite frankly. "
I saw a headline on HuffPost that made me think of that discussion. When I look at this debt ceiling debacle, and consider how, the way I see it, it basically brings to the current reality the permanent decline of the US that I warned about in that earlier thread, it makes me ask the question. Is Obama's presidency destined to be a failure? Has it been a failure so far? If, during the campaign, he promised to be able to get results even if Congress is against him, is his presidency basically a failure because he failed to get the right wingers on board?