The New Yorker’s Full-Throated Obama Endorsement Also Kind of Lukewarm

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The New Yorker's endorsement of Barack Obama for president takes up the entire Talk of the Town section this week, and whether you agree with it or not it's a worthwhile read simply to get a sense of what "the editors" sound like when they're giving a full-throated endorsement: downright lukewarm at times. The candidate whose reelection is "a matter of great urgency" gets little unqualified praise throughout the four pages. On healthcare, he "achieved the achievable." On foreign policy, his Nobel prize was the result of "an act as patronizing as it was premature." And he was "soon instructed in the limits of unilateral good will." But the praise, when it inevitably comes, is all the more enthusiastic because it frames Obama's achievements as realistic ones, taking place in spite of obstacles such as an obstructionist Congress full of "Dickensian scolds, including the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell." Somebody had fun with that one.