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  •  This is tricky (2+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, FG

    President Obama doesn't have to be elected again, but he can't throw the whole Democratic caucus under the bus in the mid-terms.

    As a progressive, I would like to see the President go much further .. actually take the Class War for what it is, and hammer the opposition with it.

    However, he is a centerist, not a progressive and I was pleased to see him hit just about every point, some harder than others, in a one hour speech.

    If we could even make incremental gains in all of those areas, he would be living up to the only promises he has made.

    It was a good speech, and the alternative is simply unthinkable.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:05:27 PM PST

    •  Perhaps part of what I'm saying is (1+ / 0-)
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      twigg

      Obama's actions are centrist, but his talk isn't (at least on some things).  So let us prepare to respond to centrist actions and deals with much conservatism, rather than prepare for him fighting for the most positive things he said.   On the other hand, does clamping down on gerrymandering and other abuses have to be "conservative", "centrist" or "progressive"?

      •  This is a matter of perspective, (0+ / 0-)

        to be sure. I agree that there are things, such as infrastrucure investment and eliminating gerrymandering that are beyond the notions of left/center/right.

        His words on energy, the environment, and employment were - for my tastes - so far right of center that it won't be long till Republicans have been rehabilitated.

        His domestic policies, especially those directed toward dissent, domestic surveillance, whistleblowing, and the suspension of constitutional rights is so far right that W. is starting to look centrist.

        I think it is every progressive's obligation to try and pull him back from the conservative brink.

        None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

        by achronon on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 05:26:46 AM PST

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