E.J. Dionne, Jr -- Can Obama calm Democratic panic?Quicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink
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|Senate Democrats have been a problem for Obama from Day One. Because Republicans can block almost anything with their routine abuse of the filibuster, and because key Democrats who represent very conservative states are by nature balky, assembling even a majority of Senate Democrats is an excruciating challenge. The administration is also suffering because of its failure from the beginning to pay enough attention to courting its own side. At a moment when Obama desperately needs Democratic solidarity, there is no reservoir of goodwill from which he can draw.|
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