(10:00PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
Those long-hoping, long-enduring members of the liberal intelligentsia are starting to break away from the least-worst mindset that muted their criticisms of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.
You can see some of the bloodletting over at Big Orange. And it has been a bloodletting to some extent, hasn’t it? The 23%ers on the Dem side just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that power isn’t the only goal for a large segment of the Party. You dis Obama, and you dis the whole Party…PERIOD.
Even when Obama deserves so richly to be dised.
They still believe that the President is far better than his Republican counterpart would have been. Some still believe that sometime, somewhere, Obama will show his liberal stripes. But they no longer believe they should stay loyally silent in the face of the escalating war in Afghanistan, the near collapse of key provisions in the health insurance legislation, the likely anemic financial regulation bill, or the obeisance to the bailed out Wall Street gamblers. Remember this Administration more easily embraces bonuses for fat cats than adequate investment in public jobs.
There’s a good article over at Democratic Underground today titled In American DEMOCRATIC Capitalism, the govt’s job is to BREAK UP monopolies, NOT to mandate them. It points toward someting which I think has happened in the American body politic. It’s been so long since there’s been a successful leftist agenda pushed forth that most of today’s progressives don’t even know what a progressive leftist agenda is. They look back to the Clinton era as the golden age, not as an age that set the table for where we are today.
Jim Hightower writes that “Obama is sinking us into ‘Absurdistan.'” He bewails: “I had hoped Obama might be a more forceful leader who would reject the same old interventionist mindset of those who profit from permanent war. But his newly announced Afghan policy shows he is not that leader.”
Wonder where good ol’ Jim got that impression-certainly not from anything Obama said or did not say in 2008. But hope dims the memory of the awful truth which is that Obama signed on to the Wall Street and military-industrial complex from the get-go. He got their message and is going after their campaign contributions and advisers big time!
Keep this in mind: To not collapse in the polls in November, the Dems are going to have to run on (for the most part) support of what Obama’s done. There are a few, like Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders (and their ilk) who won’t, but most Democrats will have to. Good luck with that.
I’ll let you finish the article. As usual, Ralph is right on as far as seeing what’s going on, and where it’s leading the progressive ‘movement.’