The Problem With Choosing An Affirmative Action Candidate
In all likelihood, Obama will similarly surrender almost completely to Republicans in the fights over raising the debt limit and next fiscal year's budget, even though the Bill Clinton example showed that isn't necessary.
To clarify, since I agree with Republicans about the need to cut spending, I think that Obama's weakness and incompetence is good. But I can certainly understand why left-liberals are angry since Obama's incompetence causes their cause to fail again and again.
However, with some exceptions such as Krugnan that already during the 2007-08 Democratic primaries saw through Obama and saw how incompetent he was, this is actually a case of poetic justice.
When you think about, just why did Democrats choose Obama in the primaries over the much more savvy and (initially) well-funded Hillary Clinton? Well, it basically comes down to two points.
1) Obama sounds good when reading from a teleprompter.
2) Obama is "black" (actually he is just half-black, but never mind that now).
While it may be true that a few white racists who otherwise would have voted for him might have abstained because he was "black", he likely received far more votes (particularly in the Democratic votes) because he was "black", both from black voters and from some academic leftist whites who were under the illusion that a "black" president would heal America's racial conflicts and/or be just compensation for past mistreatment of blacks.
And given how close the Democratic primaries were, it is basically certain that Obama would have lost -and lost big- to Hillary Clinton if he had been white and had a similar background and views and abilities.
So for all of the Democrats that chose Obama entirely or partly because of the fact that his father was black despite the fact that it was obvious that he wasn't competent, their current frustration with Obama's failures is really a case of poetic justice punishing them for choosing a candidate on an affirmative action basis.