Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Obama scores 96.7% with Congress.

According to a Congressional Quarterly study, reported on NPR and elsewhere, President Obama in his first year in office scored 96.7% in passage of legislation he called on Congress to enact. That is the highest of any modern president. Lyndon Johnson, the previous legislative champion, only scored 93% according to the criteria used in this study.

I'm sure the usual naysayers, left and right, will deride this achievement, and perhaps all it means is that Obama has been too cautious, or has compromised too much. Or perhaps it means that his team has an uncanny feel for Congress, and the sense to choose to fight battles they know they can win.

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