My real problem with all theOH MY GOD YOU GUYS GOT SUCKERED NOW I BET YOU WISH YOU’D VOTED FOR HILLARY/MCCAIN/NADER/MCKINNEY/RONPAUL HUH that goes around every time somebody opines that Obama fucked something up is the presumption that everybody thought Obama would solve all our problems.
I remember people supporting him passionately but I do not, outside of psycho Kos diaries, remember a whole lot of “well, this is all it’s gonna take and then we can go home.” All these pieces seem to begin, “unlike all you other fuckers, I alone was smart and pure enough to realize that Obama would require shoving in leftward directions,” and I don’t know who the argument addresses. The psycho Kos diarists? People making Obama YouTubes? Diddy? Who are we lecturing here?
And no, giving the guy ten minutes after the inuaguration speech to get his briefcase and move into the house doesn’t count as giving him a free pass. I had a lot of arguments with a lot of people during the primaries but during none of them was my position ever that Obama was perfect. My position was that Chris Dodd was perfect, so I guess I should be all BRB DODD FANFIC right now, but I learned a while back that screaming I TOLD YOU SO at people you’re in a lifeboat with doesn’t get you out of the lifeboat any faster.
As toJane’s point:
The Bush administration and their wars gave fuel to the progressive
movement in this country, no doubt. I was personally at a loss during
the primary battles — from a movement perspective, I understood our
job to be to hold fast to our principles and reward candidates for
hewing to them and make them compete for our support.
The stuff you care about doesn’t become any less the stuff you care about because a guy who doesn’t make you ashamed to be amammalis in the White House.