I don’t want to write this essay!
For one thing it is the topic du jour in the blogosphere and I hate being a copy cat and a kneejerker. I also hate looking like a toady or an an Obamabot. But mainly I don’t want to write it because it argues against Progressivism….sorta. The twitter in the blogosphere today is over Obama’s Cabinet picks. He is definitely NOT packing his cabinet with Progressives. As the blogosphere apparently wants him to do. At the center of the storm is SecDef Gates. Well, no, actually that is wrong. At the center of the storm is impatience. And a feeling of betrayal. And ideology.
A construction analogy: George Bush blew up the house and Obama has to rebuild it before the snows come.
The first order of business is not, can not be….ideology. The first order of business is ….getting the house rebuilt. You don’t select carpenters on the basis of their ideology, and then have an ideological argument BEFORE starting to rebuild. You take the pieces that have been left to you and start to put them back together so people aren’t left out in the cold. You get some walls up and a roof on. THEN you can start to discuss what the house should look like, and what you want to do with it.
But, before you can even do that…..you have to gain the trust of the people building the house. NOT all the people. Especially not all the critics. You get the trust of the people who will do the actual work of building. In this case, that is the existing bureaucracy. And then you get the trust of the people who could sabotage the house as you are building it, in this case that is The Powers That Be behind the government. The folks who REALLY run this country.
The Ruling Class.
Obama is going to have to fight SOMEONE as he rebuilds the House That George Blew Up. If you were him DURING THIS PHASE would you choose to fight The Ruling Class…or the Bloggers?
The biggest question about an “inexperienced” leader is….can he do the job? Is he ….competent? Once Obama proves that to The Ruling Class, then you can start to change things.
Do I like that? No. I want to, hahaha, shrink the Ruling Class to the point that we can drown it in a bathtub. That is my ideology. But I do understand the strategy behind it. And one thing the campaign proved is that these guys are strategic thinkers. And competent. And right now, competence simply HAS to trump ideology. Because, to mix metaphors, if Obama doesn’t prove he can right the ship, The Ruling Class isn’t going to let him do anything else. It sucks, but it is true.
Remember the lessons of Clinton and health Care. It wasn’t The republicans that stopped him. It was R’s AND D’s…it was the representatives of the Ruling Class that stopped him. We are in a Class War folks, like it or not, and we have to fight that war strategically. Especially since they have all the power at the moment.
Does that mean that the blogosphere shouldn’t criticize him? HELL NO! But if ‘we’ want to gain and keep his trust so that he will listen to us AFTER he gets some walls built and the roof on, we simply cannot insist that ideology is more important than competence and getting things done.
That, after all…..was the argument of Bush and the Right Wing.
Obama is choosing to fight the Class War by proving that his way works. His way is….Competence Uber Alles. Which will make it MUCH harder for the Ruling Class to oppose his truly Progressive solutions (if and when he proposes them! Knock wood, cross fingers, wait and see) down the road. After the house has been repaired, after he has proven that he is competent to repair it.