The Los Angeles Times makes a compelling argument in its front page story today, "Liberals Not Pleased With Go-Slow Approach by Obama."

Here are the key grafs:
Slowly over the last few weeks, some of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' MORE'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.

Advocates for stem cell research thought Obama would quickly sign an order to reverse former President Bush's restrictions on the science. Now they are fretting over Obama's statement that he wants to act in tandem with Congress, possibly causing a delay.
Critics of Bush's faith-based initiative thought Obama had promised to end religious discrimination among social service groups taking federal money.

But Obama, in announcing his own faith-based program this month, said only that the discrimination issue might be reviewed.

And Obama's recent moves regarding a lawsuit by detainees have left some liberal groups and Bush critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, feeling betrayed, given that Obama was a harsh critic of Bush's detainee policies when running for office last year.

The anxiety is also being felt in the labor movement, one of Obama's most important support bases. Some union officials and their allies are frustrated that at a crucial point in negotiations over his massive stimulus package, Obama seemed to call for limits on "Buy American" provisions in the bill aimed at making sure stimulus money would be spent on U.S.-made materials.

Obama has been president for less than a month, and his liberal critics concede that the economic crisis has understandably taken the focus off their issues. But some of the issues in play were crucial to building excitement on the left and mobilizing grass-roots support for Obama's candidacy.

One Democratic operative operative that was part of Obama's liberal coalition during the election, though, implied that the article goes too far and told the Briefing Room that liberals are taking a long view of Obama's progress.

"Obama just pushed through a very important economic stimulus package that, while not perfect, is a big step forward," the operative said. "Working Americans have suffered under the failed policies of the Bush Administration, and ultimately, he will be judged on what he delivers to our working and middle class. But taking the long view is critical in judging how he'll govern. It took eight years for the Republican leadership to drive this country into a ditch and it won't all be fixed in his first month in office."