Slowly but surely, the Villagers and the DLC-types have been having their way with President-Elect Obama's political capital. Hillary Clinton gets her druthers. All the previous competitors who held the left and the netroots in thinly veiled contempt, get their druthers. The primary candidates who our hearts were with but our "common sense" told us "had no chance" are kicked to the curb and ignored.
And slowly but surely, the Obama that we thought we elected has become the Obama that is "one of them".
Over the last two months, all the "grown-ups" have been saying "give him a chance!" All the "grown-ups" have been assuring those of us who were concerned with the obvious absence of any "real" progressives in the his administration. Over the last two months, those of us who complained about the hold-overs from from the Bush "administration" were not "getting it". Those of us who groused about all the DLC influence were simply "hand-wringers". We were the "purists" who were petty and expecting too much before January 21st, 2009.
Now, I open my email and there is this from a friend.
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When Senator Barack Obama officially became the nominee of the party, I cheered. For me, it was a symbolic win for Substance over Strategy. The Clinton Shenanigan Machine® had been bested John Henry style by a man who seemed wise, informed and, in simplest terms, solid.
When Senator Barack Obama officially became President-Elect Barack Obama, I lept to my feet, cheered and walked around for days with my head in the clouds and feeling more like an American than I could ever remember.
My experience with the President-elect's choices for his cabinet has not been even remotely joyous but, as during the primaries and the general, I'm guarded but hopeful. Outside of my Congressman, Steve Cohen, Governor Howard Dean and maybe one or two Memphis City Council members would I say about each of them, "I trust his/her judgment."
At this point, I still trust Barack Obama's judgment. It has to be acknowledged that he is not the only person making these decisions but, in the end, only he can be labeled with that infamous moniker, "The Decider".
Join me after the jump for the point to all this.
I'll leave work soon and go home and watch the returns with a wild amalgam of emotions about the whole event.
Sadness to see Hillary, who I once admired so much along with President Clinton become the epitome of the Strategic brand of politics that I have come to so despise over the last eight years. Sadness also, in seeing that person suffer ignominious defeat after having presumed to have the contest locked up. Joy, of course, to see Obama, the candidate I only really committed to after seeing him, when faced with that Strategic brand stirring things up, come to epitomize the Substance brand of politics that we almost got with the Dean campaign four short years ago.
But all that ties into emotions from something else that I'll share after the jump.
I love that Al Gore is making the big money. $100 million. And all that money, despite purity troll hostility towards making it, helps fuel his activism. Here's hoping he makes $100 million more!
Fuel his activism? I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you only meant the $100m gives him the means to do more and travel more and fund more activism but the first time I read that it sounded like you were implying that the money was the reward for his activism like it was a good little attaboy for doing good. And therein lies the crux of the matter for "purity trolls" like me who might deem that much money in the hands of one person excessive.
Becoming independently wealthy off one's activism negates the honor of the activism. It is my belief that one should not even attempt to get rich off one's activism because it betrays those who joined in the activism because they were inspired.
Amid all the horror of voter suppression and Diebold election theft, I thought I'd recount my experience this morning to sort of light a candle amongst our cursing of the darkness that is the GOP.
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There is all this slap and tickle going on amongst Kossacks with the DINO known as Harold Ford Jr. Here's a taste of what he's really like.
I hope this will give some of you pause about pouring on the "netroots support" for the beloved DLC goldenboy wannabe.
Local blogger LeftWing Cracker has some wonderful commentary on the whole thing.
This was my response.
America and I are estranged. Our relationship has always been strained. You know, she would flirt with me and I would be all moony over her when she was Clinton's girl but then I would see something in her diaries that made me think she was a whore. You know, she was with a bunch of older, white guys in the her youth and everyone thinks those guys hung the moon but I've read about them online and they were dogs just like most of the guys she's been with.
Can we make the jump where it's a little more private so I can tell you the rest of it?
UPDATE: I went to lunch after having made this post on a whim. I decided it was a mistake. Not only was it pretty immature as written but it was a little irresponsible. But make the jump and hear me out...
Much ado has been made about the Jack Abramoff scandal and it being a "Republican scandal". For the most part it is; but a new Vanity Fair article has information that it may turn out to be more than that.
Having read that, I realized that this is an opportunity for the Democrats to really take a stand. The common meme is that the Democrats don't stand for anything. Here's their chance. I said so in an email to DNC Chairman Howard Dean.
Check it after the jump...
These guys just don't get it.
I caught a few minutes of the Today show this morning and Carville and Begala were on trying to make money on a new book talking about how the Democrats need a spine transplant.
Despite the fact that the GOP Party is now being shown up for the din of corruption that most of us have always suspected (and probably assumed), the Democratic Party is not the default go-to party.
As Howard Dean hinted on the Leno Show the other night, the DEMS have to show that they are worthy of Americans' trust and that we have some kind of idea what we want the country to look like and be like.
Jump with me for a minute...
It seems to me that Dr. Dean has effectively been sidelined.
Remember the guy who was the voice of people who sick of it? Remember the guy who the voice of the people who actually paid attention and knew the truth? Where is that guy?
Why is that guy not on Meet the Press? Is he on any television and I've just missed it? It seems now is the time when we need someone to come to the forefront and just point their finger at Delay and those idiots and call them the lying bastards we all know they are.
What the F?