Paul Krugman speaks for many, I’d guess, in writing of disappointment among progressives about President Obama. Why he asks, does he continue to alienate friends while attempting to woo people who’ll never stop hating him.

He concludes, though, with a pragmatic assessment that mirrors the situation facing Arkansas voters this cycle (insert Lincoln for Obama in the following):


Just to be clear, progressives would be foolish to sit out this election: Mr. Obama may not be the politician of their dreams, but his enemies are definitely the stuff of their nightmares. But Mr. Obama has a responsibility, too. He can’t expect strong support from people his administration keeps ignoring and insulting.

PS — Care to see Sen. Blanche Lincoln today? She’ll hobnob with the medical and philanthropic elite at dedication of UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute; drop by the AEA (I presume for the teacher union’s endorsement); touch another base by speaking to a Church of God in Christ meeting, then join with 1975-80 grads of DeSoto and Helena Central High for a reunion at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. She might have benefitted from a bit more scheduling like this the last six years.