"The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country. Does he get it?"
"This is the president we now have: He inspires lots of affection but not a lot of awe. . . . Does he have the stomach and commitment for what is likely to continue to be an unpopular war? . . . But based on his zigzagging so far and the suggestion from the Copenhagen trip that the somber seriousness of the presidency has yet to sink in, we have reason to wonder."
Keep in mind that Bob Herbert of the New York Times and Richard Cohen of The Washington Post are two of the leading liberal columnists on two of the leading liberal papers. They're his base.