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“The first two months of the Age of Obama haven’t turned out quite the way [chief of staff Rahm] Emanuel and [Pres­i­dent] Obama’s le­gions hoped and ex­pected,” William Kris­tol writes in the Weekly Stan­dard.

“The early mo­men­tum is flag­ging. The ef­fort to rush through big-gov­ern­ment lib­eral poli­cies, as some­how part of a re­sponse to a fi­nan­cial cri­sis he’s not ac­tu­ally ad­dress­ing ef­fec­tively, may back­fire. Sev­eral of his nom­i­na­tions and ap­point­ments have had to be with­drawn, and oth­ers should have been,” Mr. Kris­tol said.

“Mean­while, the GOP re­cov­ery pro­gram is go­ing pretty well. Repub­li­cans have pro­gressed from shell-shocked timid­ity through small-bore snip­ing and onto ro­bust (and re­spon­si­ble) op­po­si­tion. The GOP has shown it­self able to stand up and counter Obama’s ar­gu­ments. The Bush hang­over seems to be prov­ing less bur­den­some than ex­pected, and some of the GOP’s mem­bers of Congress are turn­ing out to be more pre­sentable than sus­pected.

“Or­ga­niz­ing in op­po­si­tion to Obama’s oner­ous cap-and-trade en­ergy pro­posal, his at­tempted gov­ern­ment takeover of health care, his at­tempt to elim­i­nate the se­cret bal­lot in union elec­tions, and his tax in­creases is pro­ceed­ing apace, and holds out rea­son­able prospects for suc­cess.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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