Barack Obama’s Progressive problem

This is an entry from Molly Ivors is one every progressive needs to read:

A serious question: what the hell is up with Barack Obama?

I don’t get the guy. Is he a Dem? Or is he prepping to run with Michael Bloomberg should this whole “Democrat” thing not pan out?

I realize Iowa is two days away, and people are getting edgy, but between his health plan, attacks on Social Security and unions, and now Al Gore and John Kerry, he sounds like nothing so much as a Republican.


Let me state the obvious: Dude, the people you are trying to appeal to are never going to vote for you. Despite what David Broder says, there’s not really some mushy middle waiting to be addressed by you. If acting more like Republicans were really the key to victories, then why is Harry Reid not King of the Fucking Universe?

I’ll tell you why: because it’s a bullshit argument. People know that we’re in a heap of trouble in this country. The planet is melting and our jobs are evaporating and we’re in a stupid fucking war breaking young men we aren’t bothering to help fix. It sucks. And sucking up to and adopting the framing of the people who brought us global warming and rewarded outsourcing and lied us into war and smeared vets who dare to speak out is pretty fucking useless, and no way to actually address any of these problems.

So what the fuck is up?

All of those people who are anointing Obama their progressive savior need to wake up because all of the DLC,centrist,triangulating,moderate bashing accusations that they’ve made against Hillary Clinton are actually true of Barack Obama. His attacks on universal healthcare, labor unions, and fellow democrats reeks of a progressive sellout.


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