This is kind of a weird thread for me to start as a Democrat, but it's true. With healthcare and banking reform the Obama administration has shown incredible weakness. To steal a line from my favorite rock band Alice in Chains, this has got me sitting on my angry chair. For starters, heathcare. There are 58 senators on board for the public option. While 60 are needed to invoke cloture to overcome a Republican filibuster, Harry Reid could take it to reconciliation and get it passed with 51 votes, or even 50 votes plus Vice President Biden. Another area of weakness is banking reform. Obama appears to be taking no significant steps. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have proposed reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking and helped protect consumers. Obama, as far as I can tell, is opposed to this. It's sad when you have John McCain outflanking you on the left. Bush/Cheney on the other hand, were able to pass many parts of their agenda with only 50 or 51 Republican senators. The tax cuts, Medicare part D, No Child Left Behind, the Patriot Act, etc. were all passed with slight GOP majorities. To be fair, Obama has made huge progress on Iraq, bringing terrorists to justice, diplomacy, and some things on healthcare. For the most part, Obama's problem on domestic policy is he's not being strong and is not liberal enough. I had hoped that he would be a strong progressive. For me, It's time to put away the angry chair, get off my soapbox, and go to bed.