Over at American Prospect, Tim Fernholz lists "The Errors of Matt Taibbi" from Taibbi's RS article on Obama selling out. In "Blame Obama First" at ThinkProgress, Matt Yglesias has some thoughts on Taibbi's piece, writing that it "claim[s] everything in the world would be great if only Barack Obama were more left-wing" and "suffers from the same basic conceptual flaw as the vast majority of this literature--it ignores congress." Barefoot Bum notes that Yglesias' critique misses the point:
The point is not that things would be rainbows and unicorns if Obama were more left-wing. The point is that neither Obama nor the Democratic party are putting up a fight against reactionary and obstructionist members of congress. On the one hand, politics is the art of the possible; on the other hand, you don't know what's not presently possible until you try to fight for it and lose.