"The public is mostly in favor of raising taxes on the rich — though I suspect its support is pretty soft — but on the bigger issues they mostly aren't on our side. They think deficits are bad, they don't trust Keynesian economics, they don't want a higher IRS bill (who does, after all?), and they believe the federal government is spending too much on stuff they don't really understand. Conservatives have just flat out won this debate in recent decades, and until that changes we're not going to be able to make much progress," – Kevin Drum.
Data from Gallup. At some point even Taibbi and Greenwald will have to acknowledge that public opinion matters. As do elections. Where they are right is that Obama is not a left-liberal activist. But this is not a revelation. I could have told you that (and did) in 2007.