Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cognitive dissonance department: on Obama

Even though he went on the rampage against the base that elected him, there's barely a ripple of discussion about Obama's comments on  the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. One could say that it's 'old news' since it happened more than two days ago, but, come on, folks on these sites keep things going for weeks and weeks. Yet when they're dismissed by the President they keep silent rather than criticize him. For instance, they're keeping on about O'Donnell's forged education background. Granted, she's kind of nuts, but isn't it more important to respond to the President directly criticizing you than it is to keep on with minutiae about a kind of freak show? Glenn Greenwald made the argument that the focus on some of the Tea Party candidates by Democrats was just a bid to get the focus off of their lack of positive goals and their caving in on issues. At first I only partially agreed with him, now it's making a lot more sense. It appears that Christine O'Donnell has basically sabotaged herself in Delaware to the point where she's no longer a viable candidate as well. In any case, the failure of progressives to respond to Obama's criticism, or at least the failure of some of them to, demonstrates how much some of the progressive movement has been co-opted into the Democratic Party sphere of influence. Obama works for us, we don't work for them, and the reason why progressives formed in the first place was because politics as usual from both parties did not work.

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