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  •  Focus On re-electing Obama distracted the left (12+ / 0-)

    Let's face it -- Obama is no liberal - and Yes, he is better than Romney

    BUT -- now is the time to start fighting for a true liberal agenda, if we are as complacent as we were after the 2008 election, we are bound to run up against the same disappointment - which led to the 2010 electoral losses for the Democratic party

    However, I do agree - that it is time to put away all our "can't we all just get along" crap - and stand up against the corporate agenda that has dominated policy for far too long

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:12:58 PM PST

    •  When we have a Dem president (5+ / 0-)

      ...environmental and antiwar issues are muzzled. Not to be cynical or anything, but this makes Supreme Court decisions and election outcomes a lot easier to predict -- based on the business cycle. One can clean up on InTrade.

      A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

      by Pluto on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:45:32 PM PST

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    •  Dem party vs. progressive policies. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador

      A conflict has arisen between progressive policies and supporting the position/power of the Democratic party.  They have become two different things for thee reasons you noted--the head of the party is more a Rockefeller republican than a LBJ liberal president.  

      At this point  there should not even be speculation nor pressure on Obama to NOT up the retirement age on Social Security.  But there you have it.

      Problem of course is that to be for progressive agenda is seen  by the administration and their strong supporters as undermining the President (you know, Professional Left, etc).

      I think the action really is in the House and Senate where a strong agenda must be pushed, and where Dem lawmakers must be willing to vote against the President.

      As an aside this is why I stopped listening to people like Karl Wolfson in Portland as his show was just became every day "oh look what those republicans are doing", without any substantial discussion on any policy.  

       But I suppose this is the nature of the nature of media--even Madow has gotten into this day to day of listing the latest right wing outrage.  Of course, casual listeners assume of course the Dems would do opposite, which in many instances is not the case.

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