Change we can believe in. Remember that? I have been critical of President Obama since he picked his first cabinet (other than Hillary it was a rogue’s gallery of Goldman-Sachs alums), but always hopeful that he would come through for us. He has had his moments, and much of the lack of achievement could be attributed to Republicans intent of making him a failure at all costs. However, knowing that he was dealing with a Republican Party willing to harm the country rather than see him succeed, he should have adjusted his style. A consensus builder by disposition, he has never been able to become a leader. Consequently his legacy may be captured by his style of dithering. Against strong opposition he needed to be a strong leader, even if he didn’t accomplish much. One could argue that after the first two years of his first term, he didn’t accomplish much anyway. Maybe Obama-care will be more successful in transforming medical care than it’s shaping up to deliver, which would be a significant accomplishment. But frankly, his wholesale capitulation to Wall Street makes it more likely that corporate America will undermine the reforms.
Having been disappointed by the lost potential of Obama, dare we point to one woman who might make a difference in America? No, not Hillary. I’m talking about Senator Elizabeth Warren, who continues to amaze people with her outspoken criticism of Wall Street robber-barons. Add to her impressive resume an absolutely spot-on analysis of how the judicial system has become a de facto tool of the Chamber of Commerce. Forget about Obama, Hillary or Mr. Smith going to Washington, Sen. Warren is the real deal.