Here's what uberkook Ted Rall had to say in his syndicated column today:
We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.For once, I agree with Ted Rall (up to a point). The president is dragging us into the abyss, but it's not because some of Obama's campaign rhetoric ran into the brick wall of reality.
From health care to torture to the economy to war, Obama has reneged on pledges real and implied. [...]
Obama is useless. Worse than that, he’s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss.
Rall's sniping on some agenda items may be premature. As we saw yesterday, Obama is starting to push harder on phase 1 of nationalized healthcare. Perhaps Rall thinks the president should go for the whole package right away, even though his chances of succeeding in this way are remote at best. Government-run healthcare would be a disaster for our country, but it still has a chance of being implemented if Obama and the Dems roll it out incrementally.