If you have "no place to go," come here!

In which I, too, apologize for being prematurely correct

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Go read Glenn now. Trust me, you'll find it of interest.

If only someone had thought to point out at the time that Obama wasn't running as a progressive! What the hell was I thinking?

I love the piece, Glenn. But, erm, about this part...

Early on in the primary cycle, Markos Moultisas -- in a post I recall vividly though can't find -- wisely urged that progressives refrain from endorsing or supporting any of the Democratic candidates unless they work for that support, make promises and concessions important to the progressive agenda, etc., lest progressives' support end up being taken for granted. But that advice was largely ignored.

Would you have written this about the Titanic?

Early in the transatlantic trip, Captain E. J. Smith -- in a ship's log entry I recall vividly though can't find -- wisely urged that we steer clear of icebergs. But that advice was largely ignored.

The irony, it burns!

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Submitted by Damon on

She nailed it with this one:

The villagers and the right made it very clear what they required of Obama --- bipartisanship, technocratic competence and center-right orthodoxy. Liberals took cultural signifiers as a sign of solidarity and didn't ask for anything. So, we have the great symbolic victory of the first black president (and that's not nothing, by the way) who is also a bipartisan, centrist technocrat. Surprise.

...Obama said repeatedly that he wasn't ideological, that he cared about "what works." I don't know why people didn't believe that.

And, then Glenn hits it again:

So many progressives were misled about what Obama is and what he believes. But it wasn't Obama who misled them. It was their own desires, their eagerness to see what they wanted to see rather than what reality offered.

Really, where was all of this while things were unraveling instead of nearly at the end of the unraveling?

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Submitted by vastleft on

Q. Where was this then?
A. You're lookin' at it.