What Krugman said
What progressives should be focused on now is taking on the political movement that brought Bush to power. In short, what we need right now isn't Bush bashing—what we need is partisanship.
I couldn't carry a tune if I had it in a sack, and I especially don't know the tune to Kumbaya.
More Krugman truth and goodness:
But any attempt to change America's direction, to implement a real progressive agenda, will necessarily be highly polarizing. Proposals for universal health care, in particular, are sure to face a firestorm of partisan opposition. And fundamental change can't be accomplished by a politician who shuns partisanship.
I like to remind people who long for bipartisanship that FDR's drive to create Social Security was as divisive as Bush's attempt to dismantle it. And we got Social Security because FDR wasn't afraid of division. In his great Madison Square Garden speech, he declared of the forces of "organized money": "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred."
If Obama thinks he can sit down at the table with the corps and not have them eat all the food, then he's delusional.
And he'll discover that soon enough*. And the Dirty Fucking Hippies will be right again. Not that Village will care.
NOTE * Routine qualifiers: If Obama is nominated, if there is indeed an election, if the election is not stolen, and if Obama is allowed to take office.
NOTE Via the Man in the Grey Turtleneck.