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    From my perspective, as an armchair political analyst, I would have to say that Obama has already either pretty much written off the Left and/or has also pretty much decided that in 2012, we (the left) have no where to go.

    Welcome to political hostage-land.

    Obama has pretty much cleared the playing-field. Who would/could run against him? Nancy knows a run against Obama would destroy the Democratic party, and she's too loyal to do so. Who? Cuomo? Maybe in 2016. Schumer? Again, no. Look around, and all you see is grass.

    For better or worse (and I think for much, much worse both for his own prospects and the rest of the ticket) Obama has taken the "shellacking" of 2010 to heart and decided that to win in 2010 he needs to move to appease the right and/or center-right.

    And at the risk of flames I must add, I don't think it's all that far a jump for him to make. I distinctly remember how he reached out to evangelicals in 2008. It was just so much under the radar that most people didn't really pay all that much attention. Why else do you think Rick Warren was asked to give the benediction?

    Quid. Pro. Quo.

    There is only ONE thing, and one thing only that would make Obama change course, and that is for him to perceive that his best chances to get re-elected are as a LIBERAL.

    There are MANY WAYS in which that can happen. It is just amazing to me that the party that spawned the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the women's equality movement, and the gay rights movement. Is, in 2011, essentially silent.

    Doesn't that make you wonder WHY? If not you, countless generations of future Americans will. You can trust me on that.

    Yes, there are voices. There are voices here, there, at HuffingtonPost, a few at the NY Times, the LA Times, and the WaPost. But many are simply luminaries in their own right, there is little concert among them, little organization, and their audience is as a result minimal.

    If you were to walk up to a stranger on the street and asked them what a Liberal or the Democratic Party stood for, what would you hear? What would you think you would hear? What would you WANT to hear?

    We, the Democratic party, stand for things. I refuse to believe otherwise. Because a party is made of its members, and I know there are things in common we believe in. The problem is, they are NOT articulated. Not in a way that is reaching people. But it can be done. There are apps for that. We just need to decide to use them.

    What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

    by equern on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 11:06:21 PM PDT

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