tingdzin wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:02 am
I agree with you generally, but about Obama not trying anything new, remember that his first day in office, McConnell said that his (McConnell's) first priority was in seeing that Obama served only one term. Obama had plenty of ideas and initiatives, but the Repubs in the Senate were not going to give him an inch, and resorted to the most shameless naked political tactics to make sure he couldn't get anything done, even things with bipartisan support like infrastructure. The same situation might face Sanders, even assuming he were electable and elected.
I don't think Obama was playing a political game ("that Rorsach thing") by being quiet; it was part of who was, and in fact his understated demeanor was off-putting to a lot of people who wear their opinions on their shirt sleeves, who like their politics loud and emotional, and who think thoughtfulness is a sign of either condescension or stupidity. He was without doubt the most intelligent (as opposed to clever) and well-spoken man I've seen in the office for as long as I can remember, and I'm pretty old.
The problem with Pelosi (one of the problems) is that, while people are needed to butt heads with buttheads like McConnell, the Republicans equally affirm that they need people like McConnell to fight doctrinaire limousine lefties like Pelosi. So we get nowhere.
It will be interesting to see how history judges Obama.
One thing I will never forgive is that he came into office with the capital class on its heals, desperate for bailouts, and he had both houses of congress, and critically, a prevalent narrative that the capital class foaming at the mouth with greed put working class people out on their asses. A little populist narrative there could have gotten a lot. That was in incredible opportunity to put the screws to the 1% and extract some concessions in the social contract. I felt like we needed an aggressive horse trader - if only Obama had the cojones of LBJ.
Instead, nobody, other than some hapless nobody, went to prison for crashing the economy. The 1% got their bailout, and then begrudgingly let a half assed healthcare bill pass.
McConnell didn't have the power to mess with Obama until after the dems lost control of congress. Dems should have pushed and taken what ground they could get, and then worry about holding ground later, instead of trying to get bought Republicans on board - that was a pipe dream. IIRC the healthcare bill was party line anyway.
If its not Bernie, then I want someone who 1) sees we need fundamental changes and 2) is willing to fight for it. So far, he seems to be the one with the clearest vision and will to put in the fight. I think most Americans understand we need to make some hard turns. Its going to be a fight, and its going to be ugly, but the status quo is just not tenable. We have no choice but to change course. Otherwise, this whole thing will end badly.