The real audience for the Obama campaign’s “move to the center” isn’t some group of swing voters, but the political, media and business establishment of the U.S.
Ah, Obama! Why do I get the idea you’re the worst of all creatures (that being a former commie who’s ‘seen the light’ of Maggie’s Golden Straitjacket)?
Yes, I think reformed commies are worse than the real thing, because they’re probably still commies but don’t have the balls to stand for what they really belive in, so they do the corporate socialism thing, get rich, and sell their souls.
THERE HAVE been many indicators–from huge corporate donations to huge voter turnouts–pointing toward a Democratic victory in November. Paradoxically, the most recent of these indicators is the Obama campaign’s well-recognized shift to the “center”–that is, to the right.
Selfa points out that it’s going to be stunning if somehow the Dems don’t win this November (I would add even with massive ballot fraud, it’ll be stunning if the Dems don’t win this November). Virtually everything is running their way. It’ll take a series of monumental blunders for Obama not to be elected in November (well, that is unless the American people come to their senses).
Only the most incompetent or resource-deprived political party could lose in that environment. In this context, the Democrats could be planning on sweeping the entire federal government and ushering in a slew of policies intended to bury the kind of politics that have dominated Washington for the past generation.
Instead, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee is rapidly moving to embrace positions that reek of the Washington conventional wisdom he was supposed to be running against.
But…but…he’s better than McCain! Now, mind you, another Republican will be (IMHO) a disaster. The problem is that Obama is embracing the same general ideology which pervades the upper echelon of our body politic. This will be (IMHO), if Obama sticks to it (and who knows if he will), a disaster as well. So, if you vote for either one (IMHO), you’re voting for a disaster. FISA? Obama voted for the final bill. Expanding the death peanalty? Obama spoke in favor of this, lining up with Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts.
Other moves to the right came in quick succession: outlining a plan for government funding to “faith-based” organizations that sounded little different from the Bush administration’s current program; further hedging on his pledge to withdraw troops from Iraq; an interview with an evangelical publication in which he proposed limiting even further the right of women to obtain late-term abortions.
Hell, he’s got ’til November! Grrrrr….
In reality, the usual reasons given for this–the need to address the whole country rather than Democratic partisans, the need to win independent and “swing” voters, etc.–don’t seem to hold in 2008. Poll after poll shows that independent voters are aligned with Democrats on most issues. So the usual excuses for Obama’s shift don’t carry as much weight this year (if they ever did.)
Which make his throwing of the Left, the progressives and most of his base under the chiched bus all that more puzzling. That is unless….
But that whole discussion assumes the audience for these moves is the electorate. In fact, the real audience is the political, media and business establishment.
Once again, I urge you to read Djilas’ The New Class. It’s applicable to our situation.
Obama is already a member of one of the world’s most exclusive clubs, the U.S. Senate. He has already collected hundreds of millions of dollars from Silicon Valley and Wall Street–despite his campaign’s pretensions of being a grassroots effort. With the exception of his open somersault on the telecomm immunity bill, his other “moves to the center” aren’t really that far from the already very cautious and “bipartisan” positions that have been central to his campaign’s message.
See…someone was reading Obama’s talking points before all of this became clear!
Selfa makes the point, as we’ve seen over at Big Orange and have even read in these hallowed electronic halls, that the ‘progressives’ will more than likely vote for Obama and hope to change him, or hope to build upon whatever gains they can spin out of a win, or hope for….
Selfa then uses a quote from Hal Draper to sum up the situation:
Every time the liberal labor left has made noises about its dissatisfaction with what Washington was trickling through, all the Democrats had to do was bring out the bogy of the Republican right.
The lib-labs would then swoon, crying “The fascists are coming!” and vote for the Lesser Evil…the Democrats have learned well that they have the lib-lab vote in their back pocket, and that therefore the forces to be appeased are those forces to the right.
Well, this time the fascists are here and in power. Obama wants to appease and/or be that power. Are you ready to let him?