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Burying the lede in a shallow grave

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Here is the beginning of an absolutely shameless letter from Digby, John Amato, and Howie Klein:

Many progressives, though certainly not all, are disappointed with President Obama for acquiescing to right-wing talking points about deficits and Austerity. It's a touchy-- and some say nuanced-- topic in Democratic circles. But I think what all Democrats-- and hopefully most Americans-- can agree on is that the extremist obsession with delegitimizing Barack Obama and his presidency is destructive to the country. The GOP version of a "debate" over how to handle the debt ceiling is an attempt at a modern day coup d'etat by the far right. Making the country appear-- at the very least-- ungovernable, wrecking the economy and threatening the well-being of millions of families is standard operating procedure for right-wing extremist movements. And it's a procedure that has been more and more put into action by the Republicans since Obama was elected.

This weekend they have pulled every parliamentary trick out of their black hat to force the country into default-- or force President Obama to act on his own to protect the country from their nihilism in a way that will trigger immediate impeachment hearings. It has long been clear that the ONLY solution to this manufactured debt ceiling "crisis" is to pass a clean bill and then go back to fighting over competing agendas without jeopardizing the fiscal life of American families, businesses, the country itself-- and the world economy.

And as for the competing agendas, we've seen what the conservative agenda is: more grossly unfair tax cuts for the rich and lots of "shared" sacrifice of the rest of us. THEY ARE GUNNING FOR MEDICARE IN A BIG WAY. And after that they want to abolish Social Security by privatizing it.

After the opening two sentences, there's not a single mention that Obama, as was entirely predictable, banged the gong loudly for "shared sacrifice" and personally put Social Security and Medicare in play.

The letter's writers don't ask, or apparently want, you to do a goddamned thing about Obama spearheading (and not, as they claim, "competing" with) this agenda. No primary challenge, no third-party alternative. Nothing.

The opening seems almost like an inoculation against caring or doing anything about Barack Obama's abject rejection of liberal values. It suggests that Obama may be shitty and evil—but in a "nuanced" way and "certainly" not observed by all progressives... and besides it's kinda "touchy," so let's move along folks, nothing to see here.

How on Earth is anyone with the barest shred of liberalism in him or her not an active participant in "delegitimizing Barack Obama" and his deeply conservative presidency?

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

What would be the difference from the tool that currently occupies this space?

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Submitted by Roman Berry on

If it's real, that's too bad. 'Cause it would have made great satire.

This weekend they have pulled every parliamentary trick out of their black hat to force the country into default-- or force President Obama to act on his own to protect the country from their nihilism in a way that will trigger immediate impeachment hearings.

As if. And so what? Forcing Obama to act on his own to protect the country would be the first progressive leadership this Hoover has shown. I expect that standing up and acting like a leader would do wonders for him politically. How's that old Clinton line go again? Oh yeah...

"When people are insecure, they'd rather have somebody who is strong and wrong than someone who's weak and right." - Bill Clinton

Obama is (if you're one of the deluded who believes he's actually progressive) suffering the double whammy of being both weak and wrong. But if you've come around to the notion that the end result is what he was after anyway (and that is where I am), then he's strong (in a weasely, duplicitous way) and wrong. Either way, I go with a comment I read elsewhere today:

FDR gave us the New Deal. Truman gave us the Fair Deal. And Obama is giving us the Screw Deal.

(Oh-baaa-mah! Oh-baaa-mah!)

Submitted by lambert on

I'd say it's really fake. Or possibly fakely real, for the reasons VastLeft points out.

These three really know how to bring the shallow!

Why'd they send you the letter, VL? Do they want money?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

If the fact that I got one, too, means anything.

Submitted by lambert on

The real outcome of ZOMG!!! Teh debt!!!! is that the fiscal policy of the United States is now under the control of an international class of rentiers. That's a surrender of national sovereignty. How is that legitimate?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by jawbone on

in working against us, the non-wealthy people of this nation, than the rightwingers are. He engineered this malicious and stupid "crisis" in order to go after SocSec and Medicare/Medicaid. He uses the rightwing, and now regurgitates their talking points. And he seems to worship "compromise." As did Neville Chamberaiin.

I sense a schism coming.... Which may not be a bad thing.

Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

From a comment at FDL:
nonpartisanliberal August 1st, 2011 at 4:29 am «
If Chamberlain were like Obama, he would not have signed the Munich Agreement ceding the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. He would have unconditionally surrendered the UK to Germany.

Time for Real Change

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Submitted by vastleft on

... he'd have proposed a bipartisan committee charged with finalizing a solution to "the Jewish problem."

Submitted by lambert on

Except, not.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

n/t

Time for Real Change