Good news, Hillary voters: You won the election after all -- sort of

After barely 100 days in office, it now appears Obama agrees: Since taking office, he has dropped virtually every position that distinguished him from Clinton…

Just as with Iraq, Obama is now moving toward Clinton’s position. His budget outline proposes a health care plan that “must put the United States on a clear path to cover all Americans.” That strongly suggests a mandate, since any volunteer system would see some opting out. As Ezra Klein reported in The American Prospect when the administration’s health care plan began to leak out, “Despite the controversy over the individual mandate in the campaign, [Obama’s team] will support it.”…

Obama’s campaign also made Clinton’s partisanship an issue. In a thinly veiled reference to Clinton’s poor standing among Republicans, his stump speech included overt pleas for Republican support. Presenting himself as a post-partisan leader, he promised to forge a new era of bipartisanship in Washington.

As Obama confessed at his prime-time press conference last week, he’s fallen short on that front, too.