Hence the basic irony inherent in the Obama presidency: He campaigned as a post-partisan, but his most lasting accomplishments will be those of a partisan.
This is the conclusion of a new piece I have at the Huffington Post. It follows up on something I wrote way back in September 2008, when I was skeptical Obama’s campaign rhetoric about changing the way Washington works. My skepticism was largely born out by events since then.
My piece is part of a HuffPo series on Obama’s second term. For some polisci-oriented perspectives, see Sarah on the 113th Congress, Mark Blumenthal on the bully pulpit, Robert Stoker on Social Security, and Elizabeth Rigby on poverty.