Aside from the fact that Mr Westen seems not to have paid much attention to what Mr Obama has actually said in his speeches, and the fact that the pertinent body of empirical research finds that speeches don't matter much, and the underappreciated possibility that Mr Obama is doing reasonably well given the realities of congressional power and public opinion, Mr Westen offers some excellent advice. But seriously, pieces like Mr Westen's suggest that if Mr Obama has failed to communicate effectively, he has failed to communicate effectively with his base. Progressives seem not to understand why more commanding "leadership" or more and better bully-pulpit theatrics won't satisfy their aching partisan desires. Perhaps Mr Obama could explain it to them.
Monday, August 8, 2011
One More on Drew Westen
A final word from The Economist: