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  •  And deliver on their campaign promises (0+ / 0-)

    or show why they are not to blame for not delivering.
    One of Obama's worst mistakes was his modesty.
    In his first two years, he and Pelosi's House were quite successful, considering the explosive blivet they were left with. But The Whitehouse didn't trumpet their successes, they left the narrative up to other people (assuming that it was obvious). That allowed the extremists at both ends to define their accomplishments down. The GOP jumped right in, firing up the TeaBaggers with lie after lie, but on the left it was a little more subtle: every accomplishment was turned into a fail and if it was too positive to smear, the subject was immediately changed to some other fail of the Obama/Pelosi axis. No accounting for obstruction, no figuring in current situations and pre-existing conditions, just wall-to-wall FAIL.
    That self-fed, layered upon itself, until it was like a right-wing gallop, but from "True Progressives", bullsh!t coming so fast and thick there was no way to debunk it all and anyway, it didn't matter, the trolls wouldn't stay debunked, just come right back with the same lies and distortions.
    The overall effect was to depress Obama voters, young voters in particular, give them the feeling that their vote had been wasted, it wasn't worth bothering with electoral politics and they went snowboarding instead of voting in 2010.
    And you know how that turned out.
    This time Obama needs to brag more. He's doing great things, he needs to make sure people know it.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:59:56 AM PST

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    •  Uhm, true progressives were right (4+ / 0-)

      Obama's triangulation, deficit wankery and endless compromising with an intransigent opposition coincided with the 2010 debacle.  Only when he decided he'd better sound like a true progressive did he regain his mojo and win re-election.  

      Same with Romney.  He jumped in the polls when he pulled out that Etch-a-Sketch and tried to sound moderate instead of like a Bircher.  

      People want more leftist policies.  And they want to hear their politicians sound like they're going to deliver them.  Let's hope Obama remembers that lesson.

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 07:03:49 AM PST

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      •  Yes, people want more Progressive policies (0+ / 0-)

        but most people realize that incremental action is the only way things get done, that nothing happens 100%, overnight. The extremists threw tantrums because they didn't get the full sparkly pony right away. It hurt the Progressive community quite a bit with the Administration, they proved themselves to be untrustworthy, bad partners in coalition, they abdicated and so made themselves irrelevant.
        The most blatant example of this was Jane Hamsher teaming up with Grover Norquist to kill Public Option as it was being fought for in the House. The Progressive Caucus put out a call to the Progressive community for backup, to counter the noise being made by the TeaBaggers, to bulk up their push for at least some form of public system.
        Crickets. Whimpering. Faint whining.
        Hamsher commanded a large following of activists who, basically de-activated. Norquist got what he wanted: No public option, what did Progressives get?

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:37:44 AM PST

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