Now that Obama's safely back in office progressives have begun holding his feet to the fire over a whole range of liberal causes they fear he'll ignore.
The key issues include climate change, the drones program, gun control, government surveillance, bringing troops home from Afghanistan, and closing Guantanamo. The New York Times has started a series of lead editorials pitching "Goals for a New Term," which have included calls to shut down Gitmo and tighten up gun laws.
Some of these progressive goals will also appeal to the right, especially to libertarians who oppose the surveillance state, and would like to see see more government transparency, less of Gitmo, and a less cavalier use of drones.
However, criticism of Obama from the left probably won't make much headway on MSNBC: apparently it's bad for ratings. "There is a level at which coverage of Republican intransigence produces a visceral effect in the audience that is in some ways less conflicted and more pleasurable than critical coverage of President Obama," explains Chris Hayes, host of Up.