Obama needs to abandon the temperament of a conciliator, and turn more aggressively on an opposition out to destroy him, advises Robert Kuttner. But don't misunderstand all the griping from the left.

[F]or the most part, liberals are criticizing our president out of tough love. We dearly want him to succeed.

Good to have that confirmed.


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