Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in TheNew York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.
If you haven't read Paul Waldman's piece on how President Obamahasn't really moved to the not-really-there-center so much as remained the same person he's always been, I urge you to do so. What's true about Obama is that progressives have always been inclined to see him as more progressive than he probably is in practice, despite what he may believe, and the right is always going to be opposed to him whatever he does.
I'm going to disagree with my colleague Jamelle Bouie a bit (don't tell him, he's sitting right beside me, and I don't want things to get awkward!), who argues that the Koch brothers' efforts to fund conservative campaigns aren't really such a big deal. This was prompted, of course, by as many as 1,000 protesters at a retreat run by the Koch Foundation yesterday. Bouie says:
Over at ThinkProgress, Tanya Somanadertells us that when asked by state Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat, whether he needed help diversifying his all white, mostly male Cabinet, newly elected Gov. John Kasich replied, "I don't need your people." Turner is African American and, out of an abundance of caution, everyone is sure to say that Kasich could have been referring to Turner and her staff, Democrats, or, maybe, her constituents. But, you know, that would be easier to imagine if Kasich weren't so hostile to hiring women and people of color.