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I admit - I am really angry.  I thought by venting on this site, I'd get over it.  I thought by venting to my political friends, I'd get over it.  But that didn't work either - I think most of them are really irritated with me and have difficulty coming to grips as to why I am so angry.  I tried to explain it, but I think it is so complicated and I don't really think I totally understood it myself.

But after really digging deep inside, and letting a ton of bottled up feelings bubble up to the surface after the cork was popped, I think I have finally figured out why I am SO ANGRY at Obama and the Dems in Congress.

First a little background.  I am not nor have I ever been one of those progressives who sits on the sidelines and takes pot shots at the party and not do any work on behalf of candidates or contribute.  I have spent tens of thousands of hours knocking on doors, running voter registration projects, making phone calls and raising money.  And I have contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the years to candidates and campaign committees.  So as I see it, I have standing to speak my mind.

Secondly, I was on the Obama train from the get go.  I was on a business trip, as luck had it, and was in suburban Chicago the week then candidate was to announce his candidacy in Springfield, IL.  I had stayed the weekend to drive to Springfield but the weather was so cold there was no way I could do it.  So I stayed in my hotel room and watched the whole thing on television.  I attended the convention in Boston in 2004 when Obama gave his infamous speech and knew he would be president - and I was so excited that cold Sunday morning listening to him announce his candidacy.  

I made my First political contribution to his campaign on February 18, 2007 and ended up maxing out during the primary season.  And in 2007, I spent countless hours on the phone calling people to attend rallies during that year.  Remember those huge rallies Obama had at the park in New York City in 2007, or the one in Portland Maine the same year?  Well, I was part of all of them calling volunteers to get them to show up.  It was quite an exciting time - on 6 or 7 different occasions, I called volunteers to attend a particular rally and the very people I called were out door knocking, passing out fliers for folks to attend the same rally!  

In late 2007. I traveled to Iowa and volunteered for the campaign during the caucuses, then went to New Hampshire for the primary, and then drove back home to Cali, stopping in Nevada for five days to help out with the caucuses before coming home to vote in the CA primary.  I spent the entire day on Super Tuesday calling Obama voters in CT, GA, AL etc., for GOTV.  I Spent six weeks in VA, from early June to Mid-July f 2008 running voter registration projects in my home county where I grew up.  I left for Denver in August to drive to the convention, which I attended, and then drove back to Virginia and spent the last six weeks running voter registration projects until the registration deadline on October 5, 2008.  Then I hung out to assist with GOTV until election day.  

I was very proud of what I did in Virginia but the one thing I did, along with a host of other volunteers across the country that I was most proud of, was the work I did in Indiana.  I really didn't understand the impact of what we did their until around 1:30 am EST on election night when NBC News called Indiana for Obama.

You might recall that Indiana was considered to me a cake walk for Hillary Clinton during the primary - the primary was being held there on he same day that the North Carolina primary was being held.  Six weeks prior to the voter registration dealine for the primary in Indiana, I received an email from the Obama campaign asking me to call folks in Indiana who were not registered to vote and get them registered.  When I contacted individuals and sked them to register, if they agreed, I could actually email them a registration form through the tool on the Obama website.  It was so cool and I registered a ton of people during that time frame, as did many of my counterparts across the country.  You might recall that on primary night, Clinton barely won Indiana and I am convinced all those additional registered voters added to the books made a huge impact on primary day.  And needless to say, we were part of Indiana voting Democratic on election night for the first time since 1964 as well.  

So, how could I go from someone who was such a fan of Obama, who gave his heart and soul to this guys campaign, to being so disapointed, upset and angry based on his overall performance?  It's fairly simple, the bottom dropped out of my life in 2009 and for the first time in my life, I was living on the edge.  I didn't get a job I was pretty much assured of at the last moment that paid really well and had great benefits.  In February, 2009, I couldn't afford my COBRA payment of almost $700.00 a month, so I had to drop it - a month before the federal government started subsidizing COBRA payments.  I couldn't find a job to save my life -then I got sick in May of 2009 and ended up in the hospital for a week.  The same thing happened in June of 2009, and I was in the hospital for two weeks.  I then flew home for two months to recover with my family and got home in August of 2009.  All my hospital bills, doctor bills, ambulance bills, came to jut under  $25,000.00, and that was after the discounts I was given for not having insurance.  And I almost lost my house.

For the first time, I finally understood what it meant to be living on the edge.  I had never really had a good understanding of what people who were living on the edge had to go through.  The reality of my experience really shook me, and I finally realized what I had heard people say but really didn't understand.  And that is, for many in society, they don't have time to wait.  They don't have time to wait for the next election cycle to come and wait for good legislation passed - they need help now.

Gay couples can't wait to get married - they are at legal risk everyday they have to wait to get the same 1100 rights that straight couples receive when they get married.  The unemployed don't have time to wait to have their benefits extended - they have to pay their mortgage, feed their kids NOW, not after Congress reconvenes in January of 2011.  Those without health insurance cannot wait until 2014 for the health insurance bill to kick in.  For a party that vows to fight for those in need, we continually put off passing good legislation to help people until the NEXT election cycle.

That is why I find it so upsetting - with a sitting president, and huge majorities in both houses of Congress, that we couldn't get good progressive legislation passed.  Now, I know some of you will point to things that Obama has done that you consider to be good legislation.  But I think that is where the argument starts between those on this site who think he is doing a great job and those of us who see him performance as sub-par.  We just see things differently - you all see the glass as half full, we see it as half empty.  We see a trail of missed opportunities - you see a trail of triumphs, though not perfect, with the option to tweak it to be better in the future.  We see no opportunity to make it better, with a base that is demoralized and the party's prospects looking dim in the fall.

And I think for people who see the world the way I do, what is so frustrating is that the President never really took up the fight and fought hard for what he believes in - I am not really sure what type of convictions he has anymore.  His actions during health care were so demoralizing - he spent so much time placating the other side and all he got out of it was Scott Brown and 41 Republican votes in the Senate.  He never took the Republicans head on, and frankly, he never took on some Dems as well.  And this is where Obama's main flaw, his inability to lead, causes the most problems.  

The greatest progressive legislation has been passed over the last 5 decades by the most unlikely characters like LBJ.  But LBJ's leadership skills were impressive - he wouldn't take no for an answer.  He threw the politics of the issue right out the window and made things like civil rights legislation a reality, knowing that he would destroy the Democratic Party in the south as he knew it.  But he knew it was the right thing to do and he jumped it and exercised the leadership skills he needed in order to pass it.  Can you imagine if LBJ said we had to wait until the next election cycle to pass good civil rights legislation?  Does anyone really think Nixon would have passed the Voting Ricghts Act, based on the despicable campaign he ran in 1968, using blacks and the crime rate to lure southern whites to his side?  Can you imagine what kind of world we would live in today if LBJ didn't lead?  

Now, having said all of that, I feel so much better.  And for those of you who still cannot understand where I and many on this site feel on Obama's leadership and record to date, we will just have to agree to disagree.  But I for one am finally crying uncle - I think my frustration and anger is taking its toll on me and I do not like how I am coming across anymore.  So, no more diaries or comments ranting about the likes of Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson or the sorry state of Obama's leadership skills.  I still won't contribute to them or to campaign committees that contribute to them, like the DSCC or the DCCC.  From here on out, my focus will be positive and I will spend my time and resources on Progressive candiates.

So, it the spirit of my new attitude toward politics and life, I want to do something on behalf of three Democratic Senators who, I think we can all agree, we all know and love, and who we need to get re-elected this fall:

Senator Barbara Boxer of California
Senator Patty Murray of Washington
Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin

All three Senators are champions of progressive causes and who appear to be potentially vulnerable this fall.

So, if you choose to, open you check book ann cut each a check to ensure their re-elections this fall.  All three are running against opponents who are going to be well funded this fall.

Here are links to the their websites.

https://donate.barbaraboxer.com/...

https://secure.democratsenators.org/...

https://secure3.convio.net/...  

So, that's it - a complete and total purge of my jaded soul.  Sometimes the only way to come out on the other side is to purge.  I still feel strongly about many things, but part of letting go is just about letting go of the anger.  Anyway, thanks for listening.  

Originally posted to FlipperWaves on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 09:57 AM PDT.

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  •  I will gladly tip and rec you (5+ / 0-)

    because I agree with you.  But I hope you have fastened your seat belt in preparation for the bumpy ride.

  •  My deepest sympathies regarding (6+ / 0-)

    your personal tribulations, first of all. As you recount your misfortunes, I feel humbled and at a loss.

    Second of all, I question whether you held out unrealistic expectations of a president who, after all, inherited an unholy, spectacular, truly unprecedented  mess. He's had less than two years to start to clean it up.

    I don't entirely approve of Obama's tactics or positions, either. I wanted a bolder attempt to reform healthcare; I also wanted a president who would stand against the haters for marriage equality. But he's not the Second Coming of Christ; he's a politician. And at the moment, he's the best we've got.

    •  I get tired... (5+ / 0-)

      ..of hearing about "unrealistic expectations", to be honest.
      But I do like your comment. It is honest and at the same time depressing.

    •  I Suspect You Are Right.... (4+ / 0-)
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      kurt, karmsy, nippersdad, miss SPED

      unrealistic expectations can have huge consequences.  I just wished he had showed me some fight - rather than just surrendering.  I think it would have changed a lot of feelings I have towards him.  I thought he was a fighter - as he demonstrated in the primaries, but I was obviously wrong.  

      And thank you for your kind words - life is good right now.  My old firm I worked at for 18 years called me out of the blue called me to come back to wrk and I started back in July.  My health insurance kicked in August 1, 2010 and I was able to get my home out of foreclosure in March.  It's nice to be sitting where I am after being in the pit of despair for so long.  But there are still so many who are struggling out there with no hoe in site.  I was really lucky to land on my feet.  

  •  Here's your problem (8+ / 0-)

    That is why I find it so upsetting - with a sitting president, and huge majorities in both houses of Congress, that we couldn't get good progressive legislation passed.

    We never had a huge majority in the senate.  We had 59 senators, plus one independent (Joe "Fucking" Lieberman) who caucused with us.  We actaully didn't even have the 59 democratic senators until Franken was seated.  More so, 10 of the 59 democratic senators were fairly conservative.

    We did not have a huge majority, we merely had a majority.  A huge majority would be over 60 senators, and given the conservative dems, more like 65 senators.

    So if you are looking for where your mistake was, it was in viewing our majority in the Senate as huge.  We didn't achieve the things that could be achieved with a huge majority in the senate--cause we never had that huge majority.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:20:51 AM PDT

    •  Empty Vessel.... (4+ / 0-)
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      kurt, terryhallinan, nippersdad, FeDhu

      this is the crux of the argument between people like us on this site.  Perhaps if Obama had the leadership skills he could have achieved this.  But none of us will never know because Obama never tried. And we wouldn't have been upset if he tried and failed.  You always have to give everything your best shot - he simply did not.  

      LBJ passed civil rights legislation because he tried, even though he new most in his party would not support his vision.  Thank God he pulled out all the stops and passed it.

      Now lets move on.

      •  LBJ got civil rights (6+ / 0-)

        by getting republican votes to counter the votes of the bigoted southern Democrats.  He failed to rally his own party.

        What's the chance that Obama will get any republicans to back progressive policies that the blue dog democrats oppose?

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:31:34 AM PDT

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        •  Given his track record of having (1+ / 0-)
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          FeDhu

          bought into the Washington Concensus on virtually everything, the more valid question is why he would oppose Blue Dogs to pass Progressive legislation.

          Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

          "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

          by nippersdad on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:36:57 AM PDT

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          •  Glad you didn't actually (1+ / 0-)
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            moonpal

            mention LBJ and civil rights in your comment.  That would be like...relevant.

            "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

            by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:38:47 AM PDT

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            •  Say what? (0+ / 0-)

              What's the chance that Obama will get any republicans to back progressive policies that the blue dog democrats oppose?

              I thought that was relevant. Obama had a signing ceremony for Stupak's amendment to an HIR Bill whose progenitors can be directly traced to the Heritage Foundation when over sixty percent of the people polled wanted a PO.

              I think things like that are very relevant.

              "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

              by nippersdad on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:42:45 AM PDT

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              •  So what is the chance (0+ / 0-)

                that that any modern republican will vote for legislation more progressive than what the blue dogs reject?  That was the question, and that is precisely what LBJ did.

                You did not address anything even remotely relevant to this thread.  Rather, you chose to derail and shift the conversation to another topic.  Been fun, but I think I am going to stop responding to your comments, as you rarely actually do anything but wave your hands and point elsewhere.

                There are many progressives here who disagree with me, whose views I value and consider.  You are not among those progressives.

                "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

                by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:47:12 AM PDT

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                •  The issue here is one of leadership. (1+ / 0-)
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                  And I think for people who see the world the way I do, what is so frustrating is that the President never really took up the fight and fought hard for what he believes in - I am not really sure what type of convictions he has anymore.  His actions during health care were so demoralizing - he spent so much time placating the other side and all he got out of it was Scott Brown and 41 Republican votes in the Senate.  He never took the Republicans head on, and frankly, he never took on some Dems as well.  And this is where Obama's main flaw, his inability to lead, causes the most problems.  

                  My point was that he appears to be leading just fine, but not for Progressive change. So how is this

                  You did not address anything even remotely relevant to this thread.  Rather, you chose to derail and shift the conversation to another topic.

                  in any way an answer to the points I made?

                  I'm not responsible for what Republicans do or say, I have little to no interest in them, they do not represent me. Democrats, on the other hand, are a totally different issue. If they elect not to represent me, it is my duty as a citizen to point that out.

                  I'm sorry that you disagree.

                  "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

                  by nippersdad on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:58:37 AM PDT

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        •  But The Biggest Reason... (1+ / 0-)
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          FeDhu

          it passed was that he tried.  Even with the cards stacked against him he tried.  That is all I am sking for - stand up and fight.  

        •  "Out there" where the votes Dems need in Nov. (1+ / 0-)
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          live, there are no "Blue Dogs" - there is Congress, the President and Dr. Laura et al.  

          The votes needed to stave off the upcoming November "disaster" have to come from those who don't give a rat's ass about the vagaries of Senate internal politics: they see a Democratic President (who came into office in much the same way Venus arose, full-blown, from the Cypriot Sea (a nod to William F. Buckley , Jr. for that trope.)) who was "advertized" as something akin to the Second Coming, with a Demcoratic Speaker of the House and a Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate; and, unrealtistic or not in the expectations department, these voters are asking how come things are still so fucked up (and they're not asking in order to engage in a dialog, they are asking in the sense of who do we grab and behead first).  

          ("Oh, if they could all just log on to DKos at least once a day, that would certainly convert the majority of them.")

          In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; in the land of the braindead, the intelligent person is cast as the village idiot."

          by dendron gnostic on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:48:46 AM PDT

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          •  Uh (2+ / 0-)
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            OIL GUY, FG

            unrealtistic or not in the expectations department, these voters are asking how come things are still so fucked up

            So your plan is to tell voters with unrealistic expectations that there expectations were right--then magically pass legislation that can't pass because we don't have the votes--then get rewarded in the ballot box in November.

            What could go wrong?

            "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

            by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:51:42 AM PDT

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      •  LBJ got the votes to pass his legislation (1+ / 0-)
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        by doing things that would get Obama impeached.

        Make. Them. Filibuster.

        by NWTerriD on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:40:51 AM PDT

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    •  PS (5+ / 0-)

      According Progressive Punch and several other rankings, Russ Feingold is among the least progressive senators.  Last year Progressive Punch ranked him the 55th least progressive.

      Just want to warn you about good 'ol Feingold before you get your heart broken by another false progressive.

      Oh, and Murray was ranked 30th last year.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:28:50 AM PDT

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      •  55th least progressive - (0+ / 0-)

        doesn't that make him 45th most progressive? How is that "one of the least progressive Senators"?

        Make. Them. Filibuster.

        by NWTerriD on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:43:37 AM PDT

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        •  Uh (0+ / 0-)

          no, that would make him the 45th most conservative.

          "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

          by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 01:05:15 PM PDT

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          •  Least progressive = most conservative (0+ / 0-)

            55th least progressive = 55th most conservative, not 45th most conservative. To be 45th most conservative, someone would have to be 45th least progressive.

            There are 100 Senators. 100 - 55 = 45.

            If you are 55th on the list going from conservative to progressive, then you are 45th on the list going the other direction, from progressive to conservative.

            So, as I said in my previous comment, 55th least progressive out of 100 = 45th most progressive.

            Try it yourself. Write out the 100 Senators' names. Put DeMint (or whoever you think is the #1 least progressive Senator) at the top, put Feingold at #55, and put Bernie Sanders at the bottom. Then count up from Bernie to Feingold. He'll be 45. Actually, I guess he'll be 46. But he'll still be in the more progressive half.

            Make. Them. Filibuster.

            by NWTerriD on Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 09:25:25 PM PDT

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    •  Sad but true (3+ / 0-)
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      And when part of that "majority" sides with the right wing such as Senators Ben Nelson and Joe Liebermann have, plus the death of one of the most progressive members of the Senate, well, that pretty much sums up why HCR, Financial Reform and yes the Stimulus bill were not nearly what was needed.
      Personally, while disappointed with some of President's Obama's decisions, like removing the ban on offshore drilling, I hold a few blue dog democrats in the US Senate more responsible for the lack of more progressive legislation.

      •  I'd add Afghanistan to your list (1+ / 0-)
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        Tx LIberal

        but otherwise agree.  I should also note that I knew what Obama would do in Afghanistan when I voted for him--he was clear about his intentions.

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:33:29 AM PDT

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    •  And By The Way..... (0+ / 0-)

      winning 60% in any primary or general election is considered a landslide.  So having 60 votes in the senate is, in my view, a landslide.  

  •  Ttipp'd for authenticity of political bio... (7+ / 0-)

    ...re: Obama's campaign.  Such a background grounds the critique of the current administration's performance in the version of reality in which progressives SAY they concur.

    Rec'd to make sure DKos has to continue to deal with the fact that real people are getting really ground to shit for the privilege of living in the "World's Greatest Democracy."  Here's my nomination for the "money" quote from this diary:

    For the first time, I finally understood what it meant to be living on the edge.  I had never really had a good understanding of what people who were living on the edge had to go through.  The reality of my experience really shook me, and I finally realized what I had heard people say but really didn't understand.  And that is, for many in society, they don't have time to wait.  They don't have time to wait for the next election cycle to come and wait for good legislation passed - they need help now.

    Bitching about Congress (apparently, 2009 marks the first time in history that politcal activits in America have found fault with Senate rules) or the stupidity of Sharron Angle is a nice pasttime for some progressives, but the rest of us have to work for a living, or look for work, which has become a way of living in and of itself.

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; in the land of the braindead, the intelligent person is cast as the village idiot."

    by dendron gnostic on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:33:19 AM PDT

    •  Thank You Dendron..... (2+ / 0-)
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      kurt, dendron gnostic

      it was painful writing all of that out, and I was worried bout how that would be perceived.  But my gaol was to get a point across - I wasn't just sitting on the sidelines taking pot shots at the administration - I was vested in it, which I thought would give me some level of standing.

      And thank you for your comments.

      •  Just wanted to put some padding in your ... (0+ / 0-)

        ...asbestos knickers.  Your "take" - not a sideliner, but a real "player" - SHOULD be valued by this community, evenif your overall message is a downer.

        No one I have read here (over the past 8 months or so I have been paying attention) strikes me as someone who would never vote any other way than "D" (giving allowance, of course, for local races, i.e state legislature or county, where the R. candidate is the only one with the brain).  And many here, even some of those with "disappointment" lists, will still contribute time and money.  

        What WE all need to figure out is how to get thru to the real target of all our fulminations here - the "rest of America" (minus the 1% or so of "tare" - the batshit mini-minority of the teabaggers and their ilk).

        In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; in the land of the braindead, the intelligent person is cast as the village idiot."

        by dendron gnostic on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:59:18 AM PDT

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  •  The President and the Democrats do the right thin (1+ / 0-)
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    In February, 2009, I couldn't afford my COBRA payment of almost $700.00 a month, so I had to drop it - a month before the federal government started subsidizing COBRA payments.

    The federal government--Obama and the Democratic-majority--subsidized COBRA payments. They did it as fast as they could given the current dynamics of Congress.

    They passed sweeping legislation despite the buzzsaw of resistance that they faced from the opposition party and resistance from Democrats that represent Blue Dog districts.

    If large majorities and good intentions are not enough to pass progressive legislation.

    If that were true then we would have had universal healthcare under Teddy Roosevelt or FDR or Kennedy or LBJ. None of them were able to get it done, even though they had a congress that was much more sane.

    So, no more diaries or comments ranting about the likes of Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson or the sorry state of Obama's leadership skills.

    Major healthcare reform and financial re-regulation has to be proposed by a leader and shepherded by a leader. Both of those happened under this President, when it did not happen under Clinton, Carter, Johnson or Kennedy. I am inclined to believe it did not happen by accident. The X factor, is the presence of Barack Hussein Obama in the White House.

    Even the administration that Al Gore was a member of cannot lay claim to the greatest investment in alternative energy in American history. Again, the X factor, is the presence of who occupies the White House.

    If this President's record makes you angry--subsidized COBRA, extending unemployment insurance, tax breaks to the middle class, health insurance reform (that necessarily can't be flipped on with a switch overnight)--that's your right but it doesn't seem to be a fair appraisal of what can realistically be achieved in today's hostile political dynamic.

    Senator Barbara Boxer of California
    Senator Patty Murray of Washington
    Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin

    If everyone voted like Russ Feingold we wouldn't have the Consumer Financial Protection Agency that many progressives feel is a major breakthrough?

    What is the difference between Russ Feingold voting for the status quo and Blanche Lincoln voting for the status quo?

    •  It Is The Reason For Their Votes..... (0+ / 0-)

      Feingold votes against a lot of Legislation he does not consider progressive enough.

      •  Progress vs. progressive (0+ / 0-)

        It Is The Reason For Their Votes.....

        Feingold votes against a lot of Legislation he does not consider progressive enough.

        The President, is a hippie-punching, corporatist unless he appoints Elizabeth Warren to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which was created by legislation he helped shepherd through congress.

        But Russ Feingold is a progressive for voting against legislation that could potentially make Elizabeth Warren, one of the most powerful financial regulators in American history.

        I think I get it.

      •  He votes against legislation that does not do (0+ / 0-)

        what it says it will do.

        Feingold fought huge banking interests when he was a state Senator in the 80s. He opposed destroying Glass-Steagal in the 90s. He voted against bailing out the banks last year.

        For him to turn around now and vote for something that does not restore Glass-Steagal protections would be inconsistent.

        And voters in WI would call him out on it.

        Feingold did not vote for Alito.

        by zett on Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 06:38:20 AM PDT

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    •  Russ Feingold has something like a set of... (1+ / 0-)
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      ..principles and legislative goals.  

      Sen. Lincoln has a Chair's seat on one of Congress' most powerful committees and an accompanying career in the Senate to worry about.

      Too bad more Senators didn't follow Feingold's vote AGAINST going to war in Iraq.

      In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; in the land of the braindead, the intelligent person is cast as the village idiot."

      by dendron gnostic on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:07:09 AM PDT

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    •  If everybody voted like Feingold (0+ / 0-)
      Glass-Steagal wouldn't have been killed in the first place.

      As for consumer protection, lest you think he cares nothing about that, he proposed a bill to get consumers out from under automatic arbitration agreements that leave credit card issuers with all the power.

      Feingold did not vote for Alito.

      by zett on Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 06:49:26 PM PDT

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  •  I'll be making contributions to my landlord (2+ / 0-)
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    and so on. Much like you, I'm not in a good financial situation and I see no hope of ever being in a better one at this point. But I hope those who can afford to contribute to campaigns do.

    On Sara Palin: "That woman...is an Idiot." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:38:00 AM PDT

  •  Why Are You Not So Bothered About No Job? (1+ / 0-)
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    FlipperWaves

    Throughout all your self-described "rant," not once did you mention Obama's failure to do anything about the abysmal job situation.  Unless you are a teacher whose job is being saved by other taxpayers, you are going to be unemployed or underemployed for a long time.  Why did you not mention the utter job catastrophe that Obama has done nothing to foster real job creation?  One can be a progressive all day long, but if there are no jobs we are doomed.

  •  What I have seen from this administration (4+ / 0-)

    is a whole bunch of lost opportunities, tempered by political insiders who are probably telling the President "you cannot afford to be seen as losing this battle" ..

    This has become the new mantra, especially for Democrats since the 1960s - they 'cannot afford to be seen losing' a political fight.

    When Barack Obama posted here in 2005, I questioned him at that time about the fire inside him.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Yes .. on the one hand, I agree wholeheartedly with the Senator, who has a bright future in front of him, no doubt. 'Working across the aisle' is crucial to reaching what is best for all of us. I honestly believe that.  

    Yes, it is nice to be civil.

    However, as some of the others here have posted, we are at war - and I don't mean Iraq or Al-Qaeda.

    We have had at least three elections stolen. 2000, 2002 and 2004 by people who hold the very concept of democracy in contempt. Our democracy has been stolen.

    However, can we insist that Katherine Harris and Kenneth Blackwell and those like them to be civil, when considering the rights of Black and poor Americans to vote, or of GOP NH operatives that jammed phone banks in an attempt to block Democrats in that State from voting in 2002?

    I ask of you {rhetorically, since I am sure this will not be read} Senator, where is your fire? Without it, you will be consumed by your opposition.

    Reading his book, Dreams from my father revealed an intelligent, nice man who was capable of deep feeling and connection. But sadly, no fire.

    I was wrong .. rather than being consumed by his opposition, he has been subsumed by the political process itself, unable to break free of the fears and trepidations of a weak political Party that refuses to stand for its own principles.

    Dean was wrong.
    We don't need to take our country back. We need to take our Party back.

    by shpilk on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 10:45:28 AM PDT

    •  Rec'd for convincing evidence that someone was... (0+ / 0-)

      ...ahead of the curve back in 2005.

      Also, the point about Obama being sucked into the "process" stuff - that's worth a rec, too.

      In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; in the land of the braindead, the intelligent person is cast as the village idiot."

      by dendron gnostic on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:14:19 AM PDT

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  •  I'm Not Sure Obama's Not Fighting For His Beliefs (1+ / 0-)
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    Angela Quattrano

    Everything I've seen and heard from him about his beliefs is that they fit closely with his politicking and messaging since taking office. I had that same impression before he took office.

    I had no expectation of a President who accepts the severity of many of our issues, or the propriety of many of the policy solutions Democrats have enacted in the past to the same or similar issues.

    Same for party leadership.

    I think the party is a second conservative party that truly wants to govern compassionately and competently, but conservatively, working through private institutional power chiefly business.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 11:04:12 AM PDT

  •  One of the best personal rant diaries (2+ / 0-)
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    FlipperWaves, Angela Quattrano

    I've read in a long time!  Although, I wonder if reading and responding to the yay-say and nay-say comments will make your new focus on positive action a little hard to maintain.  Don't let it derail your new plan.  Best of luck, and best wishes to ya!

    That's a fine list of candidates you have there.  Some of my favorites, too.

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