The President is retreating on all fronts: he's putting deficit reduction over jobs; he's backing away from his promise to pull troops out of Afghanistan in 2011; he's offering a bad trade deal with South Korea; he appears to be leaning toward supporting reductions in Medicare and Social Security, and he's given into Republicans to extend Bush's tax cuts for the rich.
"Forget about electoral mandates or campaign promises," she writes. "This president has a historic mandate. Just as Abraham Lincoln had to lead the nation from slavery and Franklin Roosevelt from the Depression, this president must lead the nation from the calamitous failures of three decades of conservative dominance."
The stakes, she warns, are very high. "This is simply about the fate and future of our country. This president has a clear and imperative historic mandate. If he shirks it, he risks more than failing to get reelected. He risks a failed presidency."