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Annals of career "progressive" idiocy

Sorry I seem to be writing the same headline over and over again, but there's rather a lot of career "progressive" idiocy about, these days. I think they must be losing it. That's a good thing. Booman:

But a lot of progressive opinion leaders have developed a relentlessly negative narrative that is being sopped up by loyal readers.

Right. I should be writing about the positive aspects of 10% real (20% nominal) unemployment as far as the eye can see. I'll get right on that.

Again, this is mainly a problem not of style but of an infantile need to be hugged and patted on the head on the part of a bunch of cry babies.

Still riding the Unity Pony, I see.

But the cry babies are also an important constituency who have the best track record of being right of any political group in the country.

Thank you.

In the vast majority of cases, policy would be better if their advice was followed (or if it were possible to follow their advice). Progressives haven't gotten what they wanted, at least not in untarnished form. They need a jolt. They need* something that tells them that the president shares their objectives.

Wait for it....

And nominating Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Agency would be just what the doctor ordered.

Jeebus. Nothing against Warren, who I like a lot, but did anybody notice that Booman, right after 'splaining how [true] progressives cared about policy, and were right about policy, and were ignored on policy, has nothing to say about policy at all, but proposes to buy them off with a single appointment?

FinReg is a second financial debacle in the making, because the too bigger to fail banks aren't reined in, and a personnel decision in a single new agency is supposed to make that all better? Dear Lord.

NOTE Don't you love it when other people tell you what you need? Especially after calling you a baby? I know I do. Especially when Booman does it.

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Submitted by goldberry on

...but if he thinks I can be bought this cheaply, he's got another thing coming.

How out of touch do you have to be to not realize that the stress of current or future unemployment make us impervious to frickin' dealmaking??

What an ass.

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Submitted by vastleft on

By all accounts Elizabeth Warren is one of the more admirable people in the world of economics and politics, but our problems are much more than one appointment deep.

Submitted by lambert on

Nothing against Warren, again. But Jeebus. Of course, when she resigns on principle, after the staff Rahm arranges for her subverts her, and runs as a Green I'll take a second look....

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Submitted by Bryan on

Is Booman actually saying that the no-brainer appointment of the person who created a concept as the best person to implement it is somehow going to make up for all of the disastrous decisions that have been made since this administration entered office?

This "fan club" attitude is really wearing thin.

The only thing that would make me even consider that Obama might be changing direction would be if he replaced Geithner with Warren and offered Shirley Sherrod Agriculture.

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Submitted by Andre on

administration since the great depression', sort of asks the question, what would FDR have done with someone who has this body of work. It goes to show how fuckin pathetic this administration is that they would leave someone with her knowledge in a pissy little job in the House. FDR certainly would have given her the opportunity to implement some of her beliefs, and probably on a real high profile basis.

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Submitted by mass on

Appoint the right person that will make up for the weak policy? Come on. The policy is toothless. Warren is clearly a good choice, but she'll have little tools at her disposal because the policy is weak.

Submitted by lambert on

... is quarantine the infection by surrounding her with staffers hand-picked by Timmy and Rahm.