Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker describes himself as being "aboard the Obama express," and his new book, ?OB?MANOS!: The Rise of a New Political Era, collects his essays on the Obama generation and the way the campaign changed politics. A year into the administration, Hertzberg is still hopeful, though like many progressives he offers criticisms of the way the health care reform fight and others have been conducted. "During the campaign," he notes, "we agree to a fantasy," that electing a new president will change everything. Progressives should know better than to expect change so quickly, especially from a Senate hampered by the filibuster.
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