Obama’s Legacy as a Partisan

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.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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John Sides

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.