For months Obama loyalists at places like Daily Kos have argued against the evidence of their own senses. They insisted critics were wrong to call the president weak and rudderless. They remained confident Obama would stop caving and call the bluff of the wing-nuts who were threatening actions that would lead to default on the national debt.
The true believers were way off, probably because they couldn’t, and can’t, admit Obama has turned out to be exactly the wrong person to lead the fight against Republicans determined to use the debt issue to destroy the social safety net and maintain huge tax breaks for the rich. The loyalists will keep the faith even though, as Paul Krugman wrote yesterday
The deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. It will damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make America’s long-run deficit problem worse, not better; and most important, by demonstrating that raw extortion works and carries no political cost, it will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.
Obama is not a Democrat. In fact, he is somewhere to the right of Richard Nixon on most issues, although he is, of course, much cooler than Tricky Dick. In the end, Mr. Cool called our bluff, not the GOP’s. He gambled that even progressive Democrats will stand with him in 2012, because we have no one else to turn to as a viable candidate. It’s time to prove him wrong.
There has been much talk about how self-defeating it would be for Democrats to give up on Obama, but wouldn’t it make sense to try to draft Sherrod Brown or Howard Dean or Elizabeth Warren — feel free to suggest others — if only to disrupt the Dem establishment that stood solidly behind Obama even as he began to talk about dismantling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?
I’ve heard stand-up comedians who make better sense than Obama. That’s it — Lewis Black for president! At least he wouldn’t let himself be made a fool of by Mitch McConnell, the human tortoise, or by that great statesman John Boehner.
Got that right David. Ball is in our hands. I honestly think the guy was mendacious from day one and has been running the same play on just about every issue (fake left, take the ball right center 10 yards backwards towards our own goalpost) .
At least he is proving that the Democratic party doesn’t stand for much of anything at this point in time- well… except for what their funders pay them to stand for. And unfortunately, the same appears to be true with a bunch of the prominent bloggers- who now only seem to have the opinions that they are paid to have by the party and the big money institutional players (did you see that crazy tea-party!). Can’t say I blame them- they probably are making a pretty decent living. But what’s happening to them is a sad metaphor for the Democratic party- it’s so much nicer to live in comfort and know that the bills are going to get paid shilling for the establishment than starving to death trying to crash the gates creating radical change. Well, just as long as you don’t know any of the people who will be crushed by the corrupt dysfunction of the system. Then it just gets awkward.