By Dan Froomkin
12:12 PM ET, 02/ 9/2009
Carla Marinucci writes in the San Francisco Chronicle: "With the president preparing to go on his own public offensive -- with a campaign-style trip to job-strapped Indiana on Monday followed by his first prime-time news conference -- political observers say the tough sledding for the president and vicious partisan tug-of-war provide clear evidence that the post-inaugural reality check has hit Obama, for real.
"'You're new, you're exciting, you're from outside Washington and you're beating up the status quo -- and suddenly, you're no longer the change,' said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. 'You're the next target.'"