Rebecca Traister, a Hillary Clinton supporter, arguing that she probably wouldn’t have done much better than Obama as president:
There simply was never going to be a liberal messiah whose powers could transcend the limits set by a democracy this packed with regressive obstructionists.
What’s likely to cost Obama his re-election isn’t that he did a particularly bad job in the (awful) situation he inherited, but that the strong messages of “hope” and “change” in his campaign — a significant part of what got him elected — convinced so many people that he could do more than he actually can as president. But most people don’t see that, or expected more from his campaign promises. So they see a disappointing president.
How many of the voters who elected him in 2008 are going to feel motivated to show up to vote in the 2012 election?