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  •  I think many heard what they wanted to hear (4+ / 0-)

    In short, we have people who thought President Obama had all the right answers and that he would quickly reverse 40 years of neglect and decline using all the right people. Talk of being your brother's keeper is not extraordinary for those acquainted with the language of faith.

    Inherent in this assumption was that the Congress would be a rubber stamp and attracting Republican votes that were needed would not cost much. Something like the celestial choir Hillary spoke about during the primaries.

    I think President Obama's biggest mistake was to assume that he could count on a critical mass of people to help him win things got tough. Instead, he received no answer from the Left for phenomenon such as the rise of the Tea Party and the damage they helped foster by scarring the hell out of politicians who would have to cast votes.

    Given their fickleness, I think the end result of the way many prominent voices on the Left have responded to President Obama once the campaign ended and the governing began, will be that prospective nominees will now use less aspirational language and promise as little as possible to win.

    In short, we aren't likely to see a Democratic nominee run to the Left of President Obama anytime some unless we decide to really commit to a sustained , non D.C. -centric, effort to change hearts and minds.

    "Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." ...Bertrand Russell

    by sebastianguy99 on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 11:25:04 PM PDT

    •  The view that we're just not good enough... (4+ / 0-)
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      meg, Rich in PA, farbuska, Uberbah

      ...for the Real Progressive Barack Obama is truly bizarre.

      Look: large majorities of the public favored such things as the public option and ending the Bush Obama tax cuts for the very rich. That these things didn't happen is not the fault of a "critical mass of the American people."

      I see no evidence whatsoever that Obama would prefer to govern any further to the left than he is actually governing.

      But if you need to argue that Real Progressive Barack Obama is being constrained by forces beyond his control, I'd look first to the financial industry and the military-industrial complex. Unlike the "critical mass of the American people," they have actual pull in our nation's capital.

    •  I agree with you Sebastien (4+ / 0-)

      I dont understand the professional left. They have turned against every Democrat President since JFK. And he probably would have felt their wrath too if he had lived long enough to learn that every governance means compromise.
      LBJ couldnt run for a second term ( not a chance with vietnam), they primaried Carter and kept sniping with the Clintons. They were okay with Obama until the man started actually working with who is supposed to work with: Congress.
      The left's mythical progressive hero doesnt exists until some 40 years later ( please read what Roosevelts left "allies" were writing about him at the time, it will sound oddly familiar).
      The result being a Democrat president has to deal with crazy opposition , while perpetually undermined by his activist base. So he is always on the defensive.
      This happened with the last 3 . It never changes.
      Then we are stuck with the Bushes and who knows? A Romney, a Huckabee...a Trump??
      Infuriating to the rest of us who know the country is NOT 100% liberal no matter how much we want it to be and even small pushes to the left matter. Until again, " there is no difference between Gore and Bush" folks start up again and we watch even what we thought were the little things be dismantled as we witness in horror just how big of a difference there really is..

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