Why Obama Must Be Primaried

When Obama had big majorities in his favor, and a 70% approval rating with the public, he refused to embrace the Left — the very people who made all that possible.

In fact, he showed quick contempt for the Left. The first thing he did was dismantle Howard Dean’s greatly effective DNC organization, and then he made a point of stocking-up his policy team, and Cabinet with status-quo Neocons, WallStreeters, and Corporatists — all direct advocates of the failed  and corrupt 2001-2007 policies that the public had just rebelled against.

What became clear was that Obama had no actual purpose to his presidency. He stood for nothing and fought for nothing. One by one good ideas that actually had significant popular support within the Congress (at that time) were quietly shot down (and hard) behind-the-scenes by Obama and Rahm Emanuel — before they could ever be voted on.

  • Re-importation of cheaper generic drugs
  • Lowering the age of Medicare to 55.
  • The Public Option
  • Loosening regulations for States to experiment with Single-Payer

All of these ideas were popular with the American public. All had 50 Senate votes that could be targeted. But Obama did not want progressive policies. He sought only, and got only the status-quo, FATCAT, establishment answers.

The Democrats were then left to campaign on a decidely weak, uninspiring, counterproductive “Health” bill. One that provided no FDR narrative, or “Great Society” narrative, along with Bank Bailouts, and a stay-the-course Foreign Occupation Policy — all pointing our Country towards bankruptcy.

How could “a smart man” ever think this would be a winning formula?

Meanwhile the Bush-Cheney Foreign Policy continues on unabated, and with no new narrative to the insane tactics of Endless Foreign Occupations, Bombs, War, Taxpayer Funded Corruption, permanent Detention and Torture without due process, and Trillions of dollars wasted away overseas while our own Country rots away within.

So what does Obama want to do now?

Move to the right and follow the GOP agenda even further. Then he wonders why his base isn’t happy. Obama just is not as smart as everyone thought he was.

This is a dumb politican, capable of only blindly following the marching orders of the Corporate Establishment (even when he had the 50+ votes to bring meaningful change).

Obama likes to drop his g’s (“fightin”, “workin”, etc.) when speaking on the campaign trail, and speak hip talk for the common folks. But it’s just an act. He has no true concern for them. He has no true passion. He has no true core as a person. There is no loyalty, or burning desire to any clear policy objectives.

He is an empty suit, and it has become so obvious now to all — that unlike Bill Clinton, he won’t ever call the Republican’s bluff on anything whatsoever (recall that Bill Clinton, to his credit, refused to sign the Newt Gingrich budget, and let them Shutdown the government — until they caved! — yes the GOP caved to a Democrat!). But Obama won’t ever fight for people. He has no concept of “fighting” for anything. He will barter away Social Security. He will happily extend the Tax Cuts for the rich – unnecessarily adding $700 billion dollars of new Debt. He will keep wasting Trillions of dollars Overseas. He has no new direction, or narrative to offer. Worse than that, he will never even see his own Presidency as a loser, because he was never married to any such progressive agenda at any time in the first place.

Somebody (Howard Dean, Russ Feingold) needs to really Primary this guy hard. Obama is going to destroy the Democratic Brand, and the Party will never recover.

We need to put pressure on Howard Dean to get into the ring, and change up the public debate. There needs to be a recognition that Obama is a sinking ship, and even if he were to survive 2012 — it would be far better now to invest in a Dean or Feingold Presidency, and try and create a groundswell to make the Democratic Party finally stand for something.

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    No We Won’t!!

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    • Xanthe on November 12, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Debt Commission preview.

    Do they think we are dolts.  It’s there but should it ever make it to the final execution papers – it would be pulled.

    Interesting though.  

  3. in a national partisan political race is a complete waste of time and energy for leftists.  The reality is we at present have no effective bases of our own independent power.  Investing our time, effort and money in an electoral strategy without any independent power base only further delays the process of building those bases, and drains away our energies and resources we could otherwise invest in building our own power.

    It’s time to get off the hamster wheel of the system that takes our labor and uses it to screw us.

  4. electability, I think Feingold/Grayson would come very close to spelling out a dream ticket.  That said, so far in our nation’s history, it seems that presidents who were previously governors, for better or worse, were more likely to serve two full terms and on the average, accomplished more during their time in office. This would suggest that Howard Dean should deserve careful consideration.  Whoever it might be will be targeted by the Corporate News Media.  

    The last two Democrats to serve at least one full term were both governors of southern states (i.e., Clinton, 1993-2001 and Carter, 1977-1981).  That could suggest Senator Warner of Virginia, but he would likely be at least as big a disappointment as Obama, if not even more so.

    Of our 44 presidents, only three went directly from the Senate to the Oval Office, and so far, none have survived to complete a full third year of their first term (the others were Warren Harding, who died in office in 1923 and John F. Kennedy, who died in office in 1963).  The thirteen who served two full terms included nine who’d previously been governor, three who had previously held very high levels of command in significant wars (i.e., Washington, Grant and Eisenhower), and only one whose background would fall under the category of “other”, James Madison, although he served as Secretary of State from 1801-1809 under Jefferson.  

    Currently, in terms of succession to the Presidency, the Secretary of State is fourth in line behind the Vice President, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and then Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State, at least in the present day, oversees almost 50,000 employees and a budget of more than $16 billion, so it would probably qualify as an executive level position.

    Of course, as they say in the investment business, past performance does not guarantee future results.

  5. they are all players who have been compromised or have no populist appeal or are really unelectable as unfotunately Cindy Sheehan is. Fiengold may be a liberal but he pissed me off by his refusal to hold bush accountable on the grounds that it would be too hard for the people, he has voted for some really nasty shit for a Patriotic Progressive. He’s not a fighter he’s a ivory tower liberal as my mom used to call a certain brand of weenie liberals, who wouldn’t fight. Grayson has the populist fire and would be good on that level. Dean is the one I would pick a ticket of Dean and Grayson is one I would vote for. lol. A governor or house member or a pol not currently in office would fair better then a senator as they all are fucking lords even the so called liberal ones. Maybe we just ought to let O lose cause he will and then we can all take to wearing mandated funny underwear and fake tans.            

  6. Barack Obama is the Manchurian Candidate.

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