By Marc Seltzer; originally published on March 22, 2010, at care2.com
Watching the proceedings in the House of Representatives tonight, I came away with an appreciation of just how strong the Democratic leadership is. We all knew that Barack Obama had discipline in the way his presidential campaign never faltered. He kept his eye on the prize and didn’t sweat the small stuff. But the first year in office raised questions about how much political capital he had lost because of the economic downturn and the unpopularity of the government’s response. Republicans refused to break ranks. Democrats were split. Then came Scott Brown. How much would the President be able to accomplish?