Liberal Anger Could Be Obama's Gain

If the journalistic axiom "one-two-trend" still holds water, the "liberals are not pleased with Obama story" is well on its way this week.

First, the Los Angeles Times wrote on Monday that "Slowly over the last few weeks, some of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters have come to an unhappy realization: The candidate who they thought was squarely on their side in policy fights is now a president who needs cajoling and persuading."

Second, the Washington Post wrote Tuesday that "As President Obama prepares to sign a $787 billion economic stimulus package today amid gales of Republican criticism of its cost, he is also facing quieter misgivings from liberal Democrats who say the bill does not go far enough -- and who are already looking ahead to future legislation that they hope will do more."

While at first blush these stories may appear detrimental to Obama, they may be exactly what the administration is looking for. Obama's approval ratings remain high, he just passed a major piece of legislation in his first three weeks on the job and these stories show he isn't beholden to liberal interest groups but rather is seeking a course for the country that goes beyond traditional partisan politics. More, more than one liberal told the Briefing Room that they aren't really that upset (see the end of this post for one). If this theory is true, today's New York Times story on Republican governors backing his economic policies only reinforces what Obama is going for.

In short, Obama's got better things to worry about.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com