“This kind of corporate and special-interest spending is exactly what we could be up against this fall,” he said before asking supporters to donate $3 or more to the president’s reelection campaign. – Jim Messina [The Hill]
MARKOS MOULITSAS TURNED the Wisconsin recall disaster into wine for Pres. Obama. The guy who told people to man the barricades is now ensconced behind them. He’s like many of you still clinging to the notion that Barack Obama’s win in November matters to you. Romney can’t beat Obama in Wisconsin, so take heart! Anyone positing that it’s a positive the President can win in Wisconsin and be elected in the face of a huge union loss where he didn’t show up to make the case for workers, not even with cash, is so obviously in it for himself and his own he’s no longer in the line of work of telling you the truth. It’s hard to know what it will take for activist Democrats and progressives to get a clue, but since they’re choosing to remain blind after Tuesday’s loss, because it’s a lot cozier insider the Democratic bubble, I’m not sure it’s possible. Team Obama is relieved, I’m sure.
The fools’ parade on MSNBC acted like a tonic for dismayed Democratic viewers, because they once again were telling you what you wanted to hear. After a superlative night on the wings of hope, with “analysts” who had their heads firmly planted in the oxygen free clouds, Ed Schultz collapsed in a spasm of blather, while Rachel Maddow was left to deliver the bad news, which she at least did through a contagion of reality bursts that included her diet of chocolate for the long night ahead that never happened. It was left to Lawrence O’Donnell to crown the idiot brigade with the most astounding stupidity of all. The winner on Tuesday was Pres. Obama.
Of course it was, sweety. How could it be otherwise on planet MSNBC?
I know many of you took solace in that notion. The Democratic versus Republican pack mentality of the political sports fan soothed their team was still ahead for November. What that means for the average worker, let alone unions, the poor or anyone outside the wealthiest Americans is irrelevant. That unions don’t even fight for all workers, but just the privileged few who are union members, is why they’re seen as corrupt and continue losing support, but the Democratic teat is their oasis. Never fear, bragging rights for Obama will soothe the Democratic masses.
Without Pres. Obama what do Democrats have? After Wisconsin and the brutal failure of labor, he’s a one-man band of political noise holding up progressives and Democrats so you can believe a November win will matter. The collective political ego of the Democratic Party insiders, activists, union bosses, and voters are holding on to Barack Obama for dear life to convince themselves the cause is relevant.
What “cause” exists, exactly?
What is Pres. Obama fighting for besides himself, the only cause that makes him rise up to do anything?
The guy can’t even find a slogan, stuck with We’re Not Done Yet.
God help us all.
Barack Obama didn’t find the cause of unions important to fight for or the need to make the election results, even in a loss, an important reason for people to rise up and protect the place where the middle class was born. A living wage came about through unions, with Scott Walker continuing the gutting of them begun by Ronald Reagan, on behalf of corporations, the place behind which Barack Obama stands as well. If you’re not standing with the unions manning the barricades you’re no good to them, which Obama proved conclusively through Wisconsin.
The retiring congressman, known for his bluntness, is not the first Democrat to blast his own side for pushing for the recall: former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) told The Hill earlier on Wednesday that the race was a “dumb political fight” for labor to have picked. [The Hill]
So what good is a Democratic politician if he (or she) won’t fight for and make the case to protect a living wage?
The predictable answer passed on from one voting generation to another rings out. Democrats are better than Republicans, never mind that if they won’t protect a working wage or go down trying they’re useless to the middle class.
Now, with the victory over unions on Walker’s behalf behind them, the right will turn to other fertile ground. They’ve already taken root in Massachusetts, where Elizabeth Warren is the next coveted casualty. A working class hero from Harvard whose latest assault from the right is about her native American heritage, which they’re attempting to turn into scandal.
Elizabeth Warren is the progressive Scott Walker.
The woman who Pres. Obama wouldn’t appoint to the bureau she envisioned, because it made Goldman man Timothy Geithner uncomfortable, with there only one reason why that was so and it isn’t because she’s a friend of Wall Street over main street.
Will Warren go the way of the unions in Wisconsin? If Karl & Company have their way she will, with Democratic and progressive voters already walking the same path they took over unions, oblivious of Elizabeth and contented as long as Pres. Obama comes out on top.
I remain fascinated that anyone pretending to have Democratic, progressive, let alone liberal, political views cares whether Pres. Obama wins or loses. What it’s going to take for people to understand he’s not fighting any of your battles, but only waging his own for himself, is unknown at this point, but maybe when he shoots for legacy on the “grand bargain” fence of history people will tune in and, perhaps, wake up. Then it will be too late, though it already is and was a long time ago.
One of the most important battles worth waging in 2012 is one for the survival and preservation of Elizabeth Warren to make sure her power is institutionalized in the Senate (though I remain skeptical Warren will remain who she is today in that cave of men and party group think). Her brilliance percolating for the lone road of the presidency, a choice that could be dashed if she loses in November. The most powerful woman not in a position of authority today, whom the right has in their sights. Scott Brown is a good politician and people aren’t employed nearly enough on Ms. Warren’s behalf as her challenge mounts, which will intensify with union’s scalp on Rove’s belt.
Why anyone would think Pres. Obama is worth more than Elizabeth Warren stuns me, but then I’m not attached to the outcome and exaltation of the head of a political party to salve my own political ego. The only team to which I belong is that of my husband’s and his blue collar struggles in a year where people are foregoing raises so the bosses can get their share.
But wait, don’t forget Supreme Court appointments, which is why Pres. Obama matters. Forever afraid of the Roe battle, held hostage by the Supreme Court canard, lower wages and less equity remains the most lethal threat to the American democratic republic. If people believe Americans will stand for women in bondage it’s time to have that war and invigorate the dead left, who’s afraid of challenging politicians who’ve earned it, and become too comfortable at home.
Democratic voters remain tethered to a dying idea that their vote for Obama is a vote for “fairness,” unions and the middle class. This disease of delusion can be traced all the way back to Obama’s back room deals on health care, including the Stupak betrayal, but that’s been wiped away for many through Obama’s contraceptive mandate for women in the year of his reelection. After the shift of wealth to the banks people still didn’t get it about Obama, evidently missing the Goldman Sachs brigade inside 1600. When Obama ignored Elizabeth Warren for a recess appointment that just as easily could just have been hers, people barely blinked. After Wisconsin and Pres. Obama’s complete abdication of the institution that built the middle class, unions, the shrugs were almost unanimous. Obama can win Wisconsin in November!
That’s all that matters to many, which is why the Democratic Party is a hollow place where people scream and all it does is echo.
Nothing will ever change and the Democratic Party will continue its zombie march as long as people refuse to accept their patsy role in propping up a political party that doesn’t stand for anything except winning the next election and the power that can be amassed to keep the machine going. They refuse to tell you or admit that the bulk of their influence has already passed away to the right who’s insurgent army of Tea Party conservatives, backed by Karl and Company, has risen up to take the agenda, enabled by an ideologically vacuous President who prides himself on compromise instead of principles that work for the average man and woman, something Republicans aren’t interested in, because as long as you believe you can be one of the 1% even with the deck stacked against you from the start they’ve got you where they want you.
Mission accomplished, as they say.
The only power you have is from the outside, letting those on the inside fend for themselves. Picking heroes of the working man and woman like Elizabeth Warren and very few others, Sen. Sherrod Brown comes to mind, and leaving the cowards like Barack Obama to his own devices, another cog in a long line responsible for the Democratic brand’s destruction.
Men like Pres. Obama always make it through, then never turn back to see the carnage left in their wake, because they’re too busy polishing their legacy to be bothered.