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Obama vs. The Left on Stimulus

I have a column in this weekend's New York Times magazine arguing that the criticism that Obama did too little on the economy is overstated and counterhistorical:

President Obama underestimated the depth of the crisis in 2009 and left himself with bad options in the event the economy failed to recover as quickly as he hoped. And yet the wave of criticism from the left over the stimulus is fundamentally flawed: it ignores the real choices Obama faced (and the progressive decisions he made) and wishes away any constraints upon his power.