There has been a lot of talk about coalitions lately, who it is ok to align with and which “devils” (as one poster put it) it is verbotten to align with. But no one has talked about what a coalition…any coalition, would actually…..do.
After all, the folks who say we can’t align with devils don’t really want to DO anything but support whatever the President does anyway. They don’t want to pressure him to do a better job and be less of a tool for the status quo, so what is the hypothetical coalition for?
And of course it must be repeated that while they demonize people for aligning with Republicans…..their guy is…..aligning with Republicans.
So their coalition that will demonize and exclude people for aligning with Republicans is meant to, it must be said, align with Republicans in support of the President doing so.
If it wasn’t all emotion based anyway, it wouldn’t make much sense. It only does make sense if you look at it through a single lens of supporting Obama, right or wrong. In other words through a lens of emotion, not politics or political strategy.
Which brings up the question, what IS the political strategy of the Center/Left?
It is not getting us out of War, because it is now Obama’s war.
It is not reforming Wall St, because Obama doesn’t want to reform Wall St…..much.
It is not helping Main St, because Obama is ignoring Main St, for the most part.
It is not prosecuting Torture and War crimes, because Obama doesn’t want to prosecute War Crimes.
It is not “fixing” health care, because Obama got the bill he wanted.
And it is not fighting Climate Crisis, because as with everything else, Obama is not leading on Climate Crisis.
Which brings up the question…what is Obama’s political strategy?
Can anyone tell me? Does anyone know?
What are his goals? And thus the goals of a coalition consisting of his supporters. A year in and where are we headed?
Once he has compromised down to all of the half assed “fixes” that address, if not actually solve, all of the problems left by Bushco, where is he planning to go from there?
Once he has sorta ‘fixed’ Afghanistan and Iraq, what is the next step? Once he has sorta fixed Wall St and the banks, what next? Once he has sorta addressed Climate Crisis, what next?
Where is he going, what does he want to do, where will he lead his supporters?
Is it in a direction that is worth aligning to support? Or an agenda that we will have to continue to fight against by applying pressure from the Left?
To his supporters it just does not matter. At best they will politely interject some mild criticism if he goes off course. But to the rest of the world, facing the real and deadly serious challenges we face, it is critical.
So it comes down to this, coalition wise. What is the positive vision of this coalition you talk about so much in the negative sense? We hear a LOT about what we can’t do.
What is it that this mythical (so far) coalition DOES want to do?