This week, Jonathan Chait wrote a strong endorsement of the President on his merits:
What can be said without equivocation is that Obama has proven himself morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and strategically. In my lifetime, or my parents’, he is easily the best president. On his own terms, and not merely as a contrast to an unacceptable alternative, he overwhelmingly deserves reelection.
Chait does a good job laying out some of the President’s accomplishments, calling their reformist tendency “politically radical and ideologically moderate.” In particular, he cites the following:
- “A revolution in paying for quality rather than quantity” in Medicare
- Cutting out the middleman on federal student loans, eliminating a wasteful Wall Street subsidy
- Unleashing a wave of public-school reform
- Passing financial regulations on Wall Street
- Passing Health Care Reform
- Saving the Auto Industry
- Forcing his staff to find a third way on Libya
- Killing Osama Bin Laden
Even more interestingly, he discusses why this impressive list of accomplishments sometimes fail to sway voters. It’s definitely worth reading.