The Problem

3 comments August 4th, 2011at 07:53am Posted by Eli

I agree with a lot of this Peter Daou post, especially about how the right has effectively stepped into and taken advantage of this country’s information and education vacuum, and how the left is hobbled by the lack of any kind of common cause between the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.  But I’m not so sure I buy his diagnosis of the root cause:

On the other side you have the Democratic establishment, political leaders, pollsters and strategists who, by and large, are poll addicts, chronically incapable of taking principled stands, obsessed with appealing to independent voters, hostile to progressive advocates, often just as captive to moneyed interests as their Republican counterparts. Mind-bogglingly, it was the White House and Democratic leadership that worked with BP to ‘disappear’ the Gulf spill, for fear it would harm them in the 2010 midterms. Craven doesn’t begin to describe it.


As I said previously, faced with a public that holds opposing views, politicians can either change their positions to match the public’s views or change the public’s views to match their positions. Only when Democrats decide to do the latter will America’s rightward shift be halted or reversed.

I believe that Obama and most of the Democrats are actually Republicans masquerading as weak Democrats, and all the poll-driven, center-chasing wimpiness is camouflage to make their pro-corporate policies look like some kind of pragmatic (albeit misguided) centrism rather than the corrupt sellout that they actually are.

On a related note, I think it’s hilarious that the White House keeps complaining that progressives aren’t doing a good enough job of selling the American people on the Satan sandwiches they keep offering up, when the real problem is that we can’t convince the White House to stop making them.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. Bill  |  August 4th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    They didn’t step in to the vacuum, they created it. It took decades of hard work to reach this level of corporate control of the media, and attacking public education to reach this point. It’s been a long hard road for them, but they have brought this country down to their level.

  • 2. Silleigh  |  August 5th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Wow. I suck. I haven’t been here in ages. How art thou? … I basically grab the news these days and don’t keep up with most blogs, and they killed my Scrabulous Facebook ID because (after 3 years or so) they decided “Silleigh” MIGHT be a fake name! So I just float in the ether now. I see you’re still, admirably, here, and that restores my faith in… something.

  • 3. Eli  |  August 5th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Hiya, Sill! I could probably stand to update a little more often…

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