Or at least New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is...
In one of his disturbing spells of passivity, President Obama decided not to fight Congress and live up to his own no-earmark pledge from the campaign.The true kick-to-the-head, however, comes a paragraph or so later...
He’s been lecturing us on the need to prune away frills while the economy fizzles. He was slated to make a speech on “wasteful spending” on Wednesday.
“You know, there are times where you can afford to redecorate your house and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation,” he said recently about the “hard choices” we must make. Yet he did not ask Congress to sacrifice and make hard choices; he let it do a lot of frivolous redecorating in its budget.
Team Obama sounds hollow, chanting that “the status quo is not acceptable,” even while conceding that the president is accepting the status quo by signing a budget festooned with pork.Ouch.
Obama spinners insist it was “a leftover budget.” But Iraq was leftover, too, and the president’s trying to end that.
Somehow, I don't think beginning to lose even a reliably liberal New York Times columnist is the kind of change Obama was hoping for. And that actually gives me hope.