3 comments September 22nd, 2011at 08:00am Posted by Eli

Has Russ Feingold been watching the same Obama I have?

Last week a group of liberal activists and academics, led by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and scholar Cornel West, announced that they were looking for six “recognizable, articulate” candidates to launch a primary bid — not to rip the nomination from Obama’s grasp but to keep him honest on issues like civil rights, consumer protections, labor and foreign policy.


“I strongly disagree with Ralph Nader. As I’ve said many times before, I believe that re-electing President Obama is an absolute imperative for our economy, our judicial system, for progressives and for our country,” said former Sen. Russ Feingold, who announced recently that he was not running for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat.

Really?  Because Obama has been incompetent on the economy (and frighteningly pro-austerity), downright destructive to progressives, and has all but ignored the judiciary.  More from Feingold:

Now, facing Republican candidates that are bought-and-sold by corporate money, and who want to give more tax breaks to the wealthiest and attack the rights of working Americans, the President is fighting to create jobs and provide economic security for middle class families.

Again, who is Russ talking about?  Obama is almost as much a corporate creature as the Republicans, strong-armed congressional Democrats into extending Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, and has twiddled his thumbs on jobs until just recently.

I’m still not quite at the point where I would say I would prefer a Republican president, but I can’t think of a single persuasive reason why Obama deserves to keep his job.  If we could get a Democratic nominee who might actually be a good president, I’d be all for it.

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


  • 1. Cujo359  |  September 22nd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Actually, I disagree with Nader, too. I think if the Democrats want to avoid losing the White House next year, they need to find a different candidate. A primary challenge that isn’t serious isn’t going to influence him any more than a primary challenge to Joe Lieberman or Blanche Lincoln changed them. The only thing that changes things is defeating them.

  • 2. Eli  |  September 22nd, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Well, I agree that Obama needs a serious primary challenger. My objection to Russ is that he’s saying Obama shouldn’t be primaried AT ALL because he is successful and progressive and awesome, and Republicans are scary and mean.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  September 22nd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Yes, my point was tangential to yours, for sure. I also agree that Feingold is wrong (hence the “too”).

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