Interesting piece (from which this exerpt comes) by Mark Rudd at The Rag Blog. Like him, Iíve read Dreams from My Father. And what I took away from it made me, too, cautiously hopeful.
So [Obama] has a narrow mandate for change, without any direction specified. What heís doing now is moving on the most popular issues ó the environment, health care, and the economy. Heíll be progressive on the environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations will stay in place, perhaps yielding some power; the economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic ó Summers is talking about the growth in income disparity as a significant problem. On foreign policy and the wars and the use of the military there will be no change at all. Thatís what keeping Gates at the Pentagon and Clinton at State and not prosecuting the torturers is saying.
And never, never threaten the military budget. That will unite a huge majority of congress against him.