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Michael Tomasky writes: "This week has the feel of one that might become retrospectively pivotal. If indeed we are standing there watching as President Perry is sworn in two Januarys from now, and we're forced to ponder the what ifs, space will be reserved on that list for a week in which the administration made a boneheaded political mistake, presided over a jobs announcement with zero growth, and turned on a key constituency group."

President Obama leaves the podium after speaking to reporters on the debt deal, 8/02/11. (photo: Reuters)
President Obama leaves the podium after speaking to reporters on the debt deal, 8/02/11. (photo: Reuters)

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+43 # Ryan Langemeyer 2011-09-03 11:22
Resignation is the only answer now. Obama has so thoroughly damaged the progressive agenda that he must leave office and give a true Liberal/Progres sive a chance to take charge. Biden would be just fine as a Caretaker President.

RESIGNATION NOW!!!!
 
 
+67 # NanFan 2011-09-03 12:41
No, this is simply tragic.

Are you friggin' kidding me???????????? This president has had more opportunities to do the right things FOR the people of America, and at every turn, he backs down, or does the opposite, kowtowing to the corrupt Republibaggers and Big Business.

First he renders Bush/Cheney immune from investigation. Then, he doesn't close Gitmo. Then, he plays chicken over and over again with the Baggers about the debt ceiling. THEN, he caves into a "no, you, Mr. President, may not address the joint session of Congress" on the day he asked to (unprecedented) . Then, he continues to include oil and nuclear power at the top of the list of energy resource commitment. He gets us into Libya, stays in Iraq and Afghanistan, and NOW this?????????????

This is not the man I voted for. This is someone who doesn't really want to BE president for the next term. So some strong Democrat better get the cajones to run against him.

Look, if he came out right now and said, "You know, the way we resolve our debt problems to the benefit of our country and the poorest and hardest working among us is this: I am going to raise taxes on everyone making over $1 million per year to 90%," he'd win by a landslide! More than 80% of the American population would not only vote for him, they'd build an enormous monument to him!

(continued below)
 
 
+51 # NanFan 2011-09-03 12:42
Continuation of the above from me...

...I'm sick...and this abandonment of tougher smog rules...well, it's gonna make a lot more people than me even sicker. I wouldn't doubt if he told the FDA to back away from holding Big Tobacco's feet to the fire in the face of Phillip Morris's lawsuit against them, EVEN THOUGH more than 500,000 people per year die, DIE, in America from smoking related illnesses, even if they never smoked.

Start looking for a new job, and I'm sure some of the Big Businesses you're propping up will take you in. And we'll go down the drain with the WORST Republibagger president we could possible get. You lost your power when you let off Bush/Cheney for their crimes. Do some real work in the last months of your presidency. Take a look: you're losing the ball game and it's simply because you're passing to the OTHER team who don't give a fig about you OR us.

If Perry is president we are so sunk, your heads will spin.

N.
 
 
+16 # propsguy 2011-09-03 14:00
nanfan

if you have respiratory problems, start looking for another country. i'm serious. a friend with bad asthma told me he could breathe just fine in mexico for vacation. he ended up buying a house there.
anther friend found she could run on the beach elsewhere but starts gasping if she tries to run at home.

it's not our lungs- its the air! your lungs are telling you to get out of this toxic stew. your president is telling you he doesn't give a rat's ass about your vote or your life and he'd rather kiss some oil company's ass.

you owe it to your life to not owe it to your country.
 
 
+17 # Virginia 2011-09-03 13:33
I fear his latest act to allow the FHA to sue the banks is just another attempt to feed the elites who fund him. Clearly, these lawsuits have no criminal action and appear to just be an attempt to circumvent the Attorneys General that refuse to give a blanket pardon for the crimes.

Why are they suing on behalf of Fannie and Freddie? These corporations were at the helm of the crimes ... In bed with the Federal Reserve ... We should be suing them for not reviewing the Trusts to see that the mortgages were missing!

This is just another example of Obama's bank-run administration. www.deadlyclear.com
 
 
+22 # EHopkins 2011-09-03 14:18
NO, not resignation. Let him announce he will not seek another term, because he wants to spend more time with his family. Then let's draft Gore or Clinton to run.
 
 
+3 # RLF 2011-09-05 07:21
Clinton is the pond scum that invented this Republicat BS! Are you out of your mind?
 
 
+16 # 4yourinformation 2011-09-03 16:19
I actually think that is a good idea. If he goes, he can take HIS baggage of selling out with him. It's not too late for Biden to get with the Mandate of 2008, the Will of The People.
 
 
+47 # alan17b0 2011-09-03 11:52
Lots of us have known, since before the
2009 inauguration, that our handsome eloquent
president had a backbone of straw.

Two suggestions:
1. Those of us in "non-battlegrou nd states",
which means all of us except residents of
Ohio, Floriday, and Pennsylvania, have a
Free Vote. Use it! Write in Michael Moore,
or Cynthia McKinney, or Elizabeth Warren,
or whomever. That is the way for your vote
to get attention.

2. Is there any chance of getting Al Gore
to primary Obama?

Best wishes,

Alan McConnell, in Silver Spring MD
 
 
0 # allie 2011-09-03 11:55
I'm more than ready for an editorial about Obama's accomplishments ! Enough of this crap about him being a bad leader.

On this note, however, Obama has been bullied by the republicans time after time and he high tails it away. He's just like a kid in school being slapped around. Stand up for those that brung you, already! You can't negotiate with bullies so STOP trying. Ack!!!
 
 
+38 # propsguy 2011-09-03 14:14
huh? you say you want an article about his accomplishments and then you admit that he caves in to bullies every time.

hey! that's why there's no editorials about his accomplishments


but, in fact there are. there are editorials about how he accomplished letting war criminals bush and cheney off the hook, how he accomplished betraying elizabeth warren, how he accomplished extending the bush tax cuts, the bush wars, the bush political prisons, the bush surveillance over the american people.
shall we continue? how he accomplished something no republican has ever managed to do: putting social security and medicare on the chopping block. that's quite an achievement!
how about how he managed to force the american people, under penalty of a fine, to buy health insurance from for profit companies to boost their bottom line?
how about involving us in more middle east wars?
and now, to reduce air quality standards to lower than they were under Bush!
just wait for him to accomplish destroying the environment for all time by allowing the keystone pipeline to go through. i'm sure you'll read a lot about that achievement.
 
 
+27 # propsguy 2011-09-03 14:16
i don't think there's been enough crap about him being a bad leader. if he can still sleep at night, can still hold his head up high, look at himself in the mirror everyday, appear in public, face his wife and children, and seriously consider running again, then he hasn't faced his failures squarely and he needs to read more crap. he is a bad leader, a terrible leader. he needs to step down
 
 
+61 # tomo 2011-09-03 12:07
It is time, and passed time, for the Democratic Party to abandon Obama as he has so resolutely abandoned them. Those Democrats who will not acknowledge this are living in denial. When you will not face clear facts, you become a person of bad will. Not only does reality ALWAYS treat badly those who are living in denial, but such persons always DESERVE the bad treatment they ALWAYS receive.

When I was campaigning for Obama back in 2008, I don't think I was living in denial; I'd say rather that I was delusional. There's a difference. Today there is such a consistent record on the part of Obama of acquiescing in the things he promised to change that the only rational conclusion for anyone paying attention is that he is a conscious enabler of things he told us he opposed. He is not a man of good will. He is not honest. There is no reason to think he will behave better in his second term than he is behaving in his first. To vote for him this time would be to reject the things for which you voted for him in 2008. He has become the "No, I can't!" President. There is no reason for the Democratic Party to become the "No, we can't" Party.
If we nominate him again, it will be terrible--and we will deserve every bit of it. Our children, when they come into maturity as inheritors of a blighted world, will hate us. Justly!
 
 
+11 # NanFan 2011-09-04 05:40
Someone better come out soon to run against him, because I don't even see the same guy running this time. He's not doing anything, as if he's going to win, because how could 70 million people be "stupid enough" to vote for a nut job like Perry!

Well, I remember 2004 and the day after Bush was elected, reading the headline in a UK newspaper that had in huge words, "How can 50 million people be so stupid?"

I was teaching a communications class at the time, and every voting-age student had been working their arses off to get Kerry elected after having judged every single debate between Kerry and Bush. They were stunned at the defeat...they walked into the room with their heads down, devastated, and fearful. They were right to be all of that and more, as it turned out, but what lifted their heads was vindication from a world who saw more than they thought the world outside America did when I put that newspaper cover on the big screen for them to see.

Then, we started talking about how we could never let this happen again...and the rest is history.

Yes, I voted for Obama, but I am more than disappointed, I'm frightened, because I know that HE won't win and a Perry/Bachmann team will. And that means Palin and Gingrich and a world we will never be welcomed to live in...or want to.

Find a Democrat with guts and savvy NOW!
 
 
+7 # antineocon 2011-09-03 12:12
Social Security, Medicare, envioronmemnt the Copnstitution all gone with Perry or whomever the repugs bring. Ameriamn will only be a war mongering copy of the Soviet Union in the 50s or Hitlers Germany where a new kind of Holocost will take over and thos of us who complain will be put on wtach lists, be singled out for "speical treatment" and then it will be to late and there will be no one to save us from ourselve.
 
 
+49 # Yale Sacks 2011-09-03 12:28
The Democrats need a candidate(s)and a primary to precede the election of 2012 and to offer hope where the last vestiges of hope have disappeared and sunk into the morass of politic's and partisanship. The man who presently occupies 1600 has reneged on every campaign promise, caved in to every demand from the right and withdraws from every confrontational situation: surrender without resistance to the dark forces of ideological insanity. Obama had a mandate that he has squandered and he has missed every opportunity to set things right; complacency is not a virtue, compromise is if the other side understands the word !! I fear every one of the Republican candidates who have their hats in the ring, any one of whom is capable of destroying the Republic!
 
 
-16 # fhunter 2011-09-03 12:56
Mr. Tomasky: You had a candidate who had no background, no experience, not the faintest idea about using power. And YOU VOTED for him based on a few speeches. You belong to the 69,456,897 morons who voted for him. [In 2004 we had only 62,040,610 morons, but I suspect you did not belong there.]
 
 
+4 # Ralph Averill 2011-09-04 03:44
Spot on! In 2008 I was a lonely Clinton supporter among dewy-eyed Obama believers. I told them all that Obama wasn't ready for prime time, that Washington was going to eat him alive. Obama had a free seat into the Senate. Had he stayed there for eight years and learned a few things, he could have still become the first black president and not been an embarrassment.
 
 
+30 # mcmillan 2011-09-03 12:57
Until the democratic party develops a taste for the jugular, the republican party will keep them on the ropes. The republican party's attack machine impeached Bill Clinton for blatant political gain. A total misuse/abuse of the purpose for impeachment. Recently they threatened, then damaged the creditworthines s of the U.S. government for their own political gain. Wake up and smell the coffee, the genteel days of a gentlemen statesman are over. Talk radio is a cottage industry whose sole purpose is disinformation and the destruction of the progressive agenda. Pres. Obama is a brilliant man but that does little good when large majorities blame him for the conditions Geo. W. Bush created. Hard to image where this country would be today if we'd had another four years of republican/Bush policies.
 
 
+12 # cqd 2011-09-03 19:55
Quoting mcmillan:
Until the democratic party develops a taste for the jugular, the republican party will keep them on the ropes. The republican party's attack machine impeached Bill Clinton for blatant political gain. A total misuse/abuse of the purpose for impeachment. Recently they threatened, then damaged the creditworthiness of the U.S. government for their own political gain. Wake up and smell the coffee, the genteel days of a gentlemen statesman are over. Talk radio is a cottage industry whose sole purpose is disinformation and the destruction of the progressive agenda. Pres. Obama is a brilliant man but that does little good when large majorities blame him for the conditions Geo. W. Bush created. Hard to image where this country would be today if we'd had another four years of republican/Bush policies.

mcmillan, I would only disagree with you in your description of Obama as "brilliant". The longer I observe him, the less I am convinced that he possesses any unusual powers of intellect; just the opposite, in fact.

Here's a fairly scathing - though admittedly right-wing - reflection on the subject:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904140604576495932704234052.html
 
 
+9 # Ralph Averill 2011-09-04 03:53
Agreed. George W. Bush did a good job of demonstrating that an Ivy League pedigree don't mean a damn thing. Obama has reinforced that notion. They don't teach no-holds-barred street fighting at Harvard.
 
 
+23 # Anarchist 23 2011-09-03 13:01
Maybe if a progressive Dem (are there any?) challenges Obama in the primaries-like McCarthy did in the Way Back-something will happen. although, considering history-when something did in those days-the very successful candidacy of RFK, the Oligarchs shot and killed him. Stll one can hope that someone like Kucinich, Grayson, Sanders,someone would at least mount a challenge for the nspurned progressives that supported them in 08! Because with friends like Obama (OBombO)who needs enemies?
 
 
+10 # antineocon 2011-09-03 15:29
Quoting Anarchist 23:
Maybe if a progressive Dem (are there any?) challenges Obama in the primaries-like McCarthy did in the Way Back-something will happen. although, considering history-when something did in those days-the very successful candidacy of RFK, the Oligarchs shot and killed him. Stll one can hope that someone like Kucinich, Grayson, Sanders,someone would at least mount a challenge for the nspurned progressives that supported them in 08! Because with friends like Obama (OBombO)who needs enemies?

WHY NOT AL GORE HE WOULD DO JUST FINE AND KNOWS WHAT POLITICS IS ALL ABOUT
 
 
-7 # Ralph Averill 2011-09-04 03:57
If Al Gore knew what politics was all about, he would have defeated George Bush by a whole lot more than a few hanging chads in Florida.
 
 
+3 # Billy Bob 2011-09-05 07:26
Actually, he did beat bush by a WHOLE LOT more than a few hanging chads. He received 543,895 more popular votes than bush, not including the Florida vote count that the Supreme Court refused to allow.
 
 
+40 # Susan W 2011-09-03 13:02
It seems quite obvious at this point that O is nothing more than a Republican claiming to be a Democrat. He is not going to change and to beg him to or hope he will or believe he should is nothing but a giant waste of time and energy.

There needs to be a primary challenge or at the very least an active, vibrant third-party candidate to give the people a real choice. If neither one happens there is going to be a Republican in the White House again no matter which corporate whore wins the election.
 
 
+18 # Jane Gilgun 2011-09-03 13:28
Be afraid. Be really afraid. I am. If the president won't stand up to the vitriolic minority, then they really are in charge. What would the Founding Fathers think of the US today? I don't think think they ever thought we'd come to this.
 
 
+17 # futhark 2011-09-03 13:37
Democrats need a candidate with some real credibility, courage, and credentials to stand up to the plutocrats and their war machine. We need to prioritize sustainability, health, and education over surveillance and police-state security.
 
 
+12 # anarchteacher 2011-09-03 13:55
By his continual deference to the Wall Street investment banks and elite corporatists of the military-indust rial complex who financed his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama has shown his true colors and betrayed his electoral base of supporters.

Never forget this dire warning from New Republic columnist John T. Flynn, who alerted America about an earlier sellout of a Democratic administration to these same sinister elite Wall Street forces:

"The test of fascism is not one's rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test is - how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarchial corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which it proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government - then you will know you have located the authentic fascist."
 
 
+4 # aitengri 2011-09-03 16:21
[quote name="anarchteacher"]
"Never forget this dire warning from New Republic columnist John T. Flynn"

"When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarchial corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry "

Your readers should understand that Mr. Flynn, born in 1882, died in 1964, was writing to warn people about FDR's "New Deal". His ideas had a certain relevancy to his time, but are truly out of context for the issues we're facing today. Even so, he did nail militarism as a "great glamorous public-works project"!

The notion that "debt" is the key economic issue is erroneous. Money, of course, is the artificial tool undermining true Progressivism. Corporate domination of governance is facilitated by "Money". And "debt" will be the road out of the hole we're in. Wealth confiscation, disinvestment of private capital, these are the tools FDR feared to use, Instead, he bought the country off with all the goodies of the New Deal, along with his worthwhile initiatives.
 
 
+13 # suzyskier 2011-09-03 13:55
Back in the day, not so very long ago, conventions were the place where candidates for Preident were choosen by delegations. Why can't we bring them back? Why should a canidate already be chosen before the convention? Several candidates would be challenging each other to get the most delegates and there fore who ever had the most would be the candidate for the Presidency. Certainly it was far more exciting than how it has been done the last 25? years.At present conventions are just a party. I may not be correct on all the aspects of how a cahdidate was choosen so I hope you get my drift.
 
 
+2 # wwway 2011-09-03 14:07
It's downright dumb to elect a president and expect him to turn a Titanic on a dime without giving him the CLEAR majorities he needed and expect "compromise" at the same time.
Republicans are good at demoralizing Americans because Americans have let them. If you don't like the mess we're in don't blame Democrats, roll up your sleves and get to work! Join your local Democratic Central Committee and get to work.
 
 
+9 # Exotikat 2011-09-04 05:09
Quoting wwway:
It's downright dumb to elect a president and expect him to turn a Titanic on a dime without giving him the CLEAR majorities he needed and expect "compromise" at the same time.
Republicans are good at demoralizing Americans because Americans have let them. If you don't like the mess we're in don't blame Democrats, roll up your sleeves and get to work! Join your local Democratic Central Committee and get to work.


I agree. Those people getting arrested outside the White House for opposing the Tar Sands have it right. The protesters in Wisconsin have it right. I live in Massachusetts and I blame Democrat apathy for the election of Scott Brown, in spite of the fact that he ran the better campaign. If WE don't want it bad enough we don't deserve it.
 
 
+26 # Lulie 2011-09-03 15:18
How long will people continue to buy the idea that Obama is weak? or incompetent? or stupid?
It should be obvious to everyone by now that Obama is none of those things. He gives away the store not because he is outmaneuvered by the moneyed and powerful, but because he is one of them.
 
 
+3 # BobGriffin 2011-09-03 16:54
Begin Sarcasm:
Have you noticed the great crowds of Republicans supporting Obama? I'm sure Rush Limbaugh's praise for Obama will have Republicans demanding that he be drafted as THE Republican candidate for president.
:End Sarcasm
I don't think he is weak, incompetent, or stupid. I think he is a realistic pragmatist faced with an amazingly coordinated opposition and a moderately weak set of allies in the Senate.
 
 
+3 # racetoinfinity 2011-09-04 00:20
Quoting Lulie:
How long will people continue to buy the idea that Obama is weak? or incompetent? or stupid?
It should be obvious to everyone by now that Obama is none of those things. He gives away the store not because he is outmaneuvered by the moneyed and powerful, but because he is one of them.


Yes, I agree - he was a bait-and-swtich candidate and is a jr. member and agent, virtually, if not officially for the corporate plutocracy, the elite. A lot of people have caught onto the emperor's old clothes and are onto it.
 
 
+2 # allie 2011-09-03 15:31
Yeah, we’re all disappointed and disgusted with Obama. He has not delivered. He can’t even find the post office. He’s caved time after time. So what are you going to do? Not vote for him? Vote, God forbid, republican? Write in someone’s name who has no chance in hell of winning the election – which is another vote for the republican. Vote Independent - another vote for the republican. If things are bad now, use your brain and think how much worse we’ll be with a republican rowing the boat.
 
 
+4 # aitengri 2011-09-03 17:21
It might be a "good" thing for things simply to go all the way down hill, totally bad, thereby precipitating the national regurgitation that we've all put off for decades. The centrist waffling and game playing, and constant Roman Circus distraction of football, American Idol, bad weather news, and "Ain't it awful" endless journalism, must be jolted into serious revolution, replete with all of the destruction that may bring. Then, with a few real ashes on the ground, some sort of rebirth of community, out of the dire need for that community. As for "anarchy", plenty of opportunity in that scenario to handle the Tea Party Jerks in the way they best fantasize. That's my prescription. Send me your votes!
 
 
+1 # LML 2011-09-03 22:52
You're telling us to vote for Obama?
 
 
+13 # fredboy 2011-09-03 16:09
The question is not whether this presidency is adrift.

The question is whether this presidency is, or ever has been, afloat.
 
 
+8 # Isar 2011-09-03 16:10
I agree with McMilllan. He needs to learn how to fight "dirty" like the Republicans do. I don't like it, but that's the world we now live in. Nice guys finish last. I can't help but think there is some explanation for Obama's lack of back-bone. I just don't know WHAT it is. Maybe we'll never know. YES....I think we should start working on other possible candidates...Hi llary? Al Gore? Russ Feingold? Bernie Sanders? Elizabeth Warrne? Hey...what about Rachel Maddow? Michael Moore simply doesn't look "presidential" and he would have to lose the ball cap.
 
 
0 # futhark 2011-09-05 11:45
I want a president who would wear clothes he bought from Goodwill and wear a baseball cap. My only beef with Michael Moore is how he set up Obama as the great savior of the people at the end of his "Capitalism" movie. I hope by now he realizes how mistaken he was and will consider making a sequel to tell the real story of betrayed expectations.
 
 
+6 # Abigail 2011-09-03 16:11
So how do we get a Democratic Primary? How do we get some other candidate to run against Barak Obama. The way the system works, at least in most states, there are primary elections in November to elect delegates to the Convention. These are done state by state, and the winner in each state gets the delegates from that state (the number varying depending on the population of the state. Usually the delegates are pledged to their candidate for the first ballot. When there is only one candidate, the, of course, that candidate gets all the delegates, unless there is a strong write-in candidate to oppose him, and can win the primary in whatever states (s)he can wn. We don't have the luxury of doing that. Obama has been declared the only candidate. But there is nothing to stop a bold, bright, Democrat to take a leadership role and start to campaign against Obama. There are two months until the primary, and I doubt if anyone has the guts, spirit and money to do this. So we are stuck with Obama as the only candidate. And if we vote by staying home, the official Republican candidate wins. In any case the Republicans win. We can only hope that we can elect or re-elect enough Democrats in the Senate and in the House to get our democracy back.
 
 
-4 # tcatt57 2011-09-03 16:16
If you have your health and some kind of access to cash, I would leave the US, FAST. They are currently murdering us, or as they put it, Thinnning out the Herd! BP oil spill was intentional, the CDC is responsible for releasing the flesh eating Fungus. They are using the newest weapons technology HAARP, to create hurricanes, tornado's, earthquakes. They have every Federal agency working against us, and promised the mercenaries the first rights to ransack every property when the Federal Reserve files Bankruptcy. Once the Fed declares bankruptcy all property rights are forfeited. These chemical disasters, especially the Chemtrails make us weak, easy prey. Every element loyal to America has been destroyed at the Federal level and this man was selected to finish the job!
 
 
+12 # 4yourinformation 2011-09-03 16:23
This president is a real disappointment. I voted for Nader (I'm in a Red State-so much fun) and knew Obama would be suspect...but I had NO idea he would be this horrible.

RESIGN Mr. President!
 
 
+1 # oldreporter 2011-09-03 16:58
Michael Tomasky and Newsweek quickly have been Tina Browned. Brown is a leader in the death of journalism, thus the total lack of objectivity, actual reporting and reliability. Instead, we get "personalized" smears, not-very-well hidden agendas and neo-con garbage. It works better on talk radio, with few rational listeners.
 
 
+7 # Kayjay 2011-09-04 10:39
I agree with the premise that Obama's strings are solely pulled by the oligarchy and business interests. He was a bait and switch candidate. But this is not surprising as beltway politicos are pressured by corporate lobbyists every day. Nothing change in Washington until we get MORE people really involved in the political process. A citizen's lobby with the clout of the NRA would fight for middle class interests. Term limits need to be installed for more than the president. No more career politicians.... .who are primarily concerned with reelection and serving the elite.
 
 
-4 # allie 2011-09-04 11:03
"LML 2011-09-03 20:52
You're telling us to vote for Obama?"


Yes, I am. Not voting is a vote for the republicans. Write ins are a vote for the republicans. Voting for an Independent is a vote for the republican. Direct vote for a republican is an abomination. Do any of you Dems want Perry or Bachmann or Romney or Newt or Cain or Paul in the White House?
 
 
+3 # RLF 2011-09-05 07:25
You are as spineless as Obummer.
 
 
+3 # davidhp 2011-09-06 07:37
No I want a real progressive and that is not Obama. How many more people have to lose their houses, how many more G.I.s have to die, how many more middle eastern civilians have to die, how many more unions have to be busted before people wake up and vote in a real progressive not a spineless non leader like Obama.
 
 
+9 # camus11 2011-09-04 12:29
As a former Obama supporter and contributor, I can only say that when i see or hear him or his apologists on TV now, i am full of revulsion and disgust. Who the hell is this guy and what has he done with the progressive i thought i was voting for? Obama is deserving of ridicule and rejection; the fact that the gop'ers are worse (duh) doesn't change the situationat all.
 
 
+1 # Phoenix Rising 2011-09-05 08:27
The president has never been adrift. He has been a neo-liberal con from day one. And today the best the centrist Democrat apologists can do is create an atmosphere where if you're critical of Obama you're either a racist or foolish. The fact of the matter is Obama was never a "liberal" or "progressive." For example, he appointed Arne Duncan to be Secretary of Education -- a man with no genuine education credentials except further burning the Chicago Public Schools to the ground as a CEO there with failed experiments put in gear by the city's former Democrat Machine mayor, a man who greased the wheels for the privileged kids to get into the city's few top public schools, a man who coddled folks like James Ciesel of the Law Dept at CPS and Cheryl Colston (Director of Labor Relations at CPS), known for their heavy-handed, often bizarre, and surely ruthless termination machinations of good teachers, and a man who pushes for Race to the Bottom -- a plan no better than NCLB which will further corporatize our public education system and create a two-tier education system. Can we say cronyism, corruption and the Chicago Way? With Democrat "friends" like these, what sort of "adrift" are we talking about?
 
 
+3 # Fight Back 2011-09-05 13:22
How many paths that lie before us will be free of pain? None that I can see.

If we go with Obama because he is "the best choice available" = "the lesser of two evils", and if he wins we'll get even more of the same anti-democratic , rightward drift that we have already endured.

Any other electoral choice - don't vote, vote Republican (no way!), a third party - will give us the worst-available candidate actually occupying the White House.

We must fill Congress with true democracy-for-a ll patriots who want the best for "the average" person, or else whoever becomes president will continue to ignore of, by, for the people.

Most of all we have to face the reality that there are no immediately good choices in the presidential race, that whatever we do, there will be more pain and suffering, and the only meaningful question is what can we do to come out of this democratic decline better off than when we went into it?

In the context of this question, we must set a visionary progressive agenda that embraces the goals of both individual autonomy as well as communal concerns. We need both.
 
 
0 # TheCoyote 2011-09-05 15:47
Almost from the beginning of his term in officer I called him a "stealth candidate". Isn't it obvious that he's never been a liberal. I feel angry because I was so stupid that I believed that at long last we had a candidate who understood what was needed. He sure talked the talk.

What makes anyone think he cares if he's re-elected. He's accomplished what he set out to do: he's amassed a lot of brownie points with the corporatists and oligarchs. Now he can get out of the hot seat and do $100,000 speaking engagements and sit on corporate boards and amass money for the Obama library.

It makes me furious. I think he is un-electable.
 

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