A reader writes:
Don't forget the President is still following the script from Doris Kearns-Goodwin's A Team of Rivals, along with all his other readings on Lincoln. President Lincoln calmly, deliberately, and with a lot of mistakes and few successes for several years led us to victory in the Civil War. Oftentimes he was at odds with his own party, at least the "Radical Republican" wing. Lincoln, and much of the North, even believed he would lose the election for a second term until Sherman took Atlanta. That's the model Obama is following with regard to the Republican insurgency, slow, steady, smart, and ultimately, successful (we still hope).
Trust me. I have not forgotten. It informs every judgment I make on the guy. I remain absolutely convinced we are beyond lucky to have him st thi moment in history - and he deserves far more grass-roots support from his supporters than he's currently getting.