Who Is To Blame

Digby, yesterday:

Not that I think Bernstein is saying this, but I have read quite a few emails, tweets and comments this morning explaining that this is really the fault of the left and the progressive movement for failing to rally the people. (Evidently, we devote ourselves to masturbatory blogging instead of organizing the masses, so we have no one to blame but ourselves.) Had “the movement” spent the last two years doing …something … then Obama would have had the backing he needed to get a better deal, but because we are so ineffectual and counterproductive, he simply had no choice but to do what he did. Evidently, the presidency is a powerless office but bloggers can change the world.

There is some merit to the idea that the progressive movement derailed itself for a time in the winter of 2007/2008, but this latest swipe leaves me wondering just how much the Democratic party establishment would like to have a Tea Party of their very own?

Digby is not the only one who has seen a lot of spiteful remarks about the progressive base (apparently “progressive” is the new euphemism for “liberal” … OK, whatever). What their remarks fail to acknowledge is that Obama would not even have gotten to the White House without the support, on Election Day at least, of those same progressives.

Obama supporters: Don’t bother shouting at me for your anointed hero’s troubles; he brought those on himself, and I am not at all certain he didn’t want precisely the outcome he got. Point your finger at me and I’ll just stand a portrait of President Hopey-Changey in front of you, or maybe a mirror, so you can point at the real culprit.

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  • MandT  On Tuesday August 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    He got exactly the program he wanted and some of us have been shouting to the rafters for years about the sainted, misunderstood Obama. Progressive bloggers, no matter the energy, have absolutely no impact what-so-ever on a Congress so corrupt that it is beyond effect. We have one more chance before massive national re-redistricting and neo-Jim Crow laws to hurt Congress big time. After 2012 it is doubtful the old Republic will even be recognizable.

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      MandT, today I feel like America is a sorry fucking excuse for a democracy. My (former) party has the presidency and the Senate, and a theoretically not insurmountable minority in the House… and yet the House majority, which is really two different parties, runs the fucking country to the brink of disaster, while Obama just waves his hands in alleged submission. Ask me tomorrow; I may… or may not… feel better about our prospects.

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