The complaints of congressional
First, he got
They went to war on
Today, though, having lost House seats and having failed to take back the Senate or the
Democrats are ecstatic about the strong expression of liberal, communitarian values in the president's inaugural speech, while Republicans are strangely offended that Obama would actually say what he believes rather than resort to meaningless platitudes about bipartisan comity.
Republicans complained about the issues Obama chose to highlight. Why talk about climate change, equal rights for gays and the social safety net, Alabama Sen.
Alex Castellanos, a usually well-reasoned Republican commentator on CNN, seemed amazed that in his speech Obama defended
And infrastructure spending? That was a big debate in the 1830s when Jacksonian Democrats battled with the Whigs on the issue, but since then most of us have decided maintaining roads and bridges with federal tax dollars is a pretty good idea.