Reform Dem has quite an interesting theory on why the left and the right dislike Obama. He even had the audacity to claim it is because they both fear Obama will move our politics to the left. Reform Dem starts with the most nonsensical thing I have ever heard.
While it’s easy to see why this bothers the right, you might think that the far-left would be pleased with the prospect. But many are not because they believe in revolution, not evolution. In their world anybody who makes things better, short of the true revolution, is a threat. A threat because revolution can only occur when the people are made to suffer.
So Reform Dems’s theory is those on the left are opposed to Obama because they feel threatened that he will make their lives better. It sounds to me like Reform Dem has read one too many right wing critiques of Marxism. I have to assume that the “far left” he refers too is myself, because it is clear his knowledge of “leftism” is rather limited. For the record, I don’t identify with the far left, but that bitter, hard left in its truest economic sense.
It seems Reform Dems analysis get even whackier,
The Proletariat is a guy who would never vote for Clinton, yet he waxes poetic about what he sees as the unfair way she’s been treated by Obama, the media, and the DNC. His real goal, of course, is simply to damage the Democratic nominee, whoever it may be, and Clinton is just a convenient club with which to whack Obama.
The fact of the matter is I did vote for Hillary in the primary. She would give me pause in November, if she was the nominee, and I would certainly vote for her as an independent, which may happen before this is done.
My goal was not to damage the nominee, but frankly to save Democrats from themselves. The Democrats did a very similar thing in 1972, and it turned out just as bad. There is no way in hell that Obama will win the general election. This is the classic egghead / working class tension that has existed since FDR formed his coalition. The Eggheads – Obama, Kerry, Gore, McGovern, Dukakis – always lose because they are liberal elitists unable to connect with the people.
Maybe Reform Dem can describe what’s progressive about Obama. What is progressive about being against universal health care? What’s progressive about NCLB? What’s progressive about teacher merit pay, What’s progressive about nuclear and dirty coal. What’s progressive about voting against a 30% interest rate cap? What’s progressive about the death penalty? What’s progressive about free trade? What’s progressive about the Cheney Energy bill? What’s progressive about increasing Social Security taxes? What’s progressive about race baiting? What’s progressive about referring to a reporter as sweetie? What’s progressive about attacking universal health care as a forced mandate? What’s progressive about being against a housing foreclosure freeze?
No, Obama is no progressive. He is another George Bush and eight years of that was quite enough thank you.