Pragmatism, Not Idealism, Marks Obama's Ascent

New_yorker_july_21_cover The cover art may be offensive (or just dumb), but this week's New Yorker includes a long Obama profile by Ryan Lizza (Making It) that seems to confirms many of the things that I and other friendly critics have been saying for months now:

"Perhaps the greatest misconception about Barack Obama is that he is some

sort of anti-establishment revolutionary. Rather, every stage of his

political career has been marked by an eagerness to accommodate himself

to existing institutions rather than tear them down or replace them."

Other notable tidbits: Obama's oft-touted accomplishments as a

community organizer were, by his own admission, "extraordinarily

modest." Obama recently refused to support Will Burns, a former aide

and protege who is headed to the state legislature. Several of his

onetime supporters like Toni Preckwinkle have become disenchanted with

Obama's moves to the center.

For my April article about Obama's pragmatic role on education issues in Slate, go here. Cross posted from TWIE.

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