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It’s the first anniversary of Obama’s taking the oath of office, and the day after Obama lost the contest to replace Ted Kennedy with a Democrat. Losing that 40th vote in the Senate is a disaster for the healthcare bill, the Democrats, the White House, and a lot of the American people. Obama’s errors are no secret: helping the banks instead of providing jobs for ordinary people, and failing to fight for — and explain — a healthcare reform bill (now opposed by a majority).
Is it all over now? Will Obama follow Bill Clinton’s example, and focus on doing a few things the Republicans don’t object to? We’ll have historical perspective from ERIC FONER, political commentary from JOHN NICHOLS, and strategic analysis from HAROLD MEYERSON.