“The administration should be worried about the level of despair here.” – Markos Moulitsas
“We look at Wisconsin as a win.” – Howard Dean
NETROOTS NATION was last week. Having gone to the first event but not since, because I’m not a movement progressive, the varying articles on the activist gathering have neglected to mention that these outsiders are now an insider club embraced by the DNC. Access is all in politics and eventually people allow themselves to be swallowed up.
Team Obama’s email to reporters and bloggers on the event finished with the phrase “Obama is Awesome,” which also included the phrasing “And your daily moment of Obama is Awesome…”
Some Latinos are having none of it. Sorry this is from John Fund, but the quote is important.
What participants did address — frequently — was their dissatisfaction with the fact that elected Democrats have failed to deliver on the progressive agenda. During a panel discussion on Latino issues, Gaby Pacheco weighed in. A liberal crusader working to pass the DREAM Act (which would allow the children of illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition at U.S. colleges and also give them a path to citizenship), Pacheco was openly disdainful of the Obama White House. She pointed out that more people (some 400,000 last year) have been deported in the Obama years than at any other time in U.S. history. She compared minority groups to people trapped in abusive relationships they refuse to leave, no matter how bad things get — and in her analogy, the abusive partner was Obama. “That, I feel, is the situation that we’re in,” she told the crowd. “And it’s very hard for a lot of people to stand up to their abusers and say, enough, no more.”
An article over the weekend in the Washington Post ran down the story of Latino fury over the DREAM Act and how one set of activists gets what they demanded, the gay community, while another doesn’t, Hispanics.
Today, as Obama unleashes Spanish speaking ads against Mitt Romney, he’s dealing with another headline about Latino discontent that is driven by Pres. Obama’s deportation policy, which has been more fierce than anything George W. Bush unleashed.
Mitt Romney is abysmally out of touch when it comes to immigration policy and Latinos at large. It’s why from the start Marco Rubio was the first name anyone thought of when the vice presidential nomination came up, with Mr. Rubio playing coy but knowing he could be the man who could save the GOP with Latinos. Considering Pres. Obama’s deportation policy, how much worse could Mitt Romney be?
I’m sure everyone had fun at Netroots Nation, the parties were awesome, and people got to meet each other. But I’m not sure what any of this means if activists are going to remain enablers of a center right Administration, while doing absolutely nothing to challenge it.
I’ll ask it again: What good is a conservative Democrat to progressives going forward, especially when in his second term Pres. Obama will be unleashed to reach for the legacy fence of history? Grand bargain, anyone?
The Tea Party wouldn’t take this crap from a conservative, yet progressives seem to always be saying, more, please.