Since Obama took office, how many times have you read something like this by moderate or liberal commentators:
You read it with the understanding that Obama “doing the right thing” won’t cost him anything, and might improve things. And yet, it seems, Obama and his administration seem to find a way pretty consistently to “lose” on the issue by
1. Selling out their base and/or allies (and sometimes even the Administration’s stated position on the issue) by “compromising” on or abandoning their position;
2. Getting blamed by the GOP and media for it anyway; and
3. Sometimes even getting beaten more.
It comes in different forms, but it keeps coming.
Here’s an example of recent relevance. It seems quaint to think of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) ‘lost’ health insurance public option in view of the Supreme Court possibly eliminating the whole Act, but remember when Obama supporters thought the public option was the compromise position?