Monday, November 23, 2009

Where's the aggressive progressive?

Blue Virginia wrote a lengthy post Sunday with advice for the Obama administration to get done the things progressives hoped he would get done.
Why the malaise on the left? Does Obama spent all day listening to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and thus doesn't have time to get his priorities done?
Maybe the priorities of real life have doomed the progressive ideals. When Obama excited the Democratic primary electorate in early 2008, the stock market and budget were still in a normal range. You could still dream of doing things you want to do.
After the stock market fall, that became the biggest priority. And money that could have provided some progressive wishes disappeared or needed to hold up the economy.
Maybe, progressives, it's only going to get worse the next three years.
Maybe progressives would have been better off with more - not fewer - Republicans in Congress. Expectations would have been more realistic and you wouldn't be facing today's disappointing lows.

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