Mickey Kaus aired his Obama problems a few days back:
And on the issues, what's Obama done that's original or pathbreaking? I don't know the answer.
As if by magic the NY Times, in a loving appraisal of Obama, provides the answer!
He has demonstrated an occasional willingness to break from liberal orthodoxy, including his vote to confirm Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, which at the time infuriated liberals (13 Democrats opposed her).
So Obama boldly stood with a mere 86 fellow Senators and voted to confirm the black woman. That is the sort of political courage I am sure Mickey is looking for.