What Progressives Are Thankful For
Some are grateful for sundry Palins:
We're grateful that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas did not win the Mirrow Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars... (Naomi Cahn and June Carbone)
I’m thankful that Sarah Palin might actually run for president....(Eric Alterman)
Some are grateful for vestiges:
That we still have enough of a semblance of rule of law in this country that judges are not giving banks a free pass on the failure to adhere to the terms of their own contracts and the abuse of legal processes. (Yves)
Some for their sparkle ponies:
... that for the first time in our nation’s history we’ve passed a law that establishes a government obligation to make health care affordable to people...n the financial reform bill that so many have been critical of, the government still stood up to much of the entreaty of the financial industry and moved us back to a world where government regulation is seen as a solution (Richard Kirsch, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow )
...If Obama and the Democrats will take the right lessons from the last two years, stand up forcefully to Wall Street, tell the people what government can do and has done for them, and finally learn how to get the message out, the losses of 2010 can turn out to have been useful.” (Robert S. McElvaine)
...but I’m grateful we have Barack Obama in the White House. (Brigid O’Farrell)
On the Look! There's Sarah Palin!, Anglachel shows us how it's done:
McCain's choice should have been a sad selection of VP, on par with Gore's ill-advised selection of Joe Lieberman*, notable only for its bald-faced pandering to a certain obnoxious group internal to the party.
See? Not a c*** or b**** or corrupt zombie-lie meme in sight. She goes on:
But a funny thing happened on the way to the defeat, namely that the Left's reaction to Palin cemented her as a hero on the Right, while their beatification of Obama has led to increasing levels of political demonization of people with reasonable criticisms of his ineffectual center-right politics.
Howzat exactly? To 'splain::
Let's distinguish carefully here between the desires of the Obamacan left - a weird mix of independents, disaffected Republicans, nominal Democrats, Clinton haters and Obama adulators who are mostly bound together by their identification with a certain kind of urbane lifestyle and imagined intellectual superiority – and the candidate himself. Obama himself, as I will continue to discuss, is also a part of this social class, but whose political beliefs run to the right, though he's happy to let others think he's liberal if it gets him votes. The Tribe projected onto him their fantasies of salvation just as they projected onto HRC and then Palin their fantasies of revenge. It is their obsession with their own political demonology that adds more power to Palin’s rise.
Every tribal reaction to the presence of Sarah Palin and her family in the news strengthens Palin within her own party and in the political realm more generally. In responding to Palin in a personal way, instead of shutting her down early on by focusing solely on her political failings, the Obamacan left has contributed to the creation of a powerful, effective representative for the worst, most revanchist elements on the Right. The personal attacks are exaggerated versions of the same disdain and rejection that the increasingly disaffected Democratic base was subjected to in the 2008 primaries, and which is launched day after day against those who are assumed to support Palin. The arguments used to attack her feel pretty damn personal to the people she is wooing.
Aw hell, go read.