April 29, 2009
MATT WELCH AND NICK GILLESPIE ON THE 100 DAYS: After 100 days, the new president has revealed himself as an effective salesman of exhausted ideas.
On issue after issue, Obama has made it clear that instead of blasting past “the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long,” (as he promised in his inaugural address), he’s moving full speed ahead toward policy prescriptions that already had less fizz than a case of Billy Beer back when Jimmy Carter was urging us all to wear sweaters and turn down our thermostats. Instead of thinking outside the box, Obama is nailing it shut from the inside. . . . For those Americans who voted for Obama, a question: Is this the change you had in mind?
Well, hey, if they can bring back the jumpsuits . . . .