People don’t seem to realize that the important election isn’t the once-every-four-years circus to pick a new President, but the much more frequent, and much more local, Congressional elections. As Matthew Yglesias points out, it’s really hard for Presidents to push public opinion (and thus dictate policy). The take-away for people frustrated with Obama is not to get frustrated with Obama, but to work hard to get progressives in Congress, and to put pressure on your representatives in the legislative branch.

And to remind people (especially independents) that their Republican or Blue Dog rep is one of the people blocking reform, and thus one of the people we need to vote out of office.