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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:17 PM

I might be totally wrong. It feels pretty good. [View all]

Most DUers are surprised to hear that I was an early and ardent supporter of Obama's original run for President.

Don't believe it? Go check DU2, it's all there.

Obama said the right things, that he'd fight for working Americans, end the unconstitutional powers that Bush had grabbed, and so forth. I figured that the other two Democrats with a serious shot already had pretty nasty records (voting for wars, economic assault on the 99%, etc.), that they were certainly not Liberal/Progressive by any stretch of the imagination. At least Obama *might* hold fast to Democratic principles if he got into office. And if he did... his power to explain and convince are unmatched by any President since FDR. We could have someone to lead us out of the swamp.

Then he got into office.

Ouch.

As far as I'm concerned, Obama's first term started with a heroic save of the bankers, an anemic trickle-down "stimulus", and giving a pass to admitted torturers. Then he laid down on the couch and watched TV, getting up occasionally to pass some reasonable legislation on social issues, to make clever statements about needing to cut - but not slash - earned benefits (a.k.a. entitlements) and to get rolled by the Republicans on economic issues. (Actually, he'd roll himself - craziest thing to watch.) Yeah, I'm simplifying - but we're still in a depression, aren't we? But the Predator Class is doing fantastically, aren't they?

After the election, I assumed that Campaign Obama would turn back into On The Couch Obama. A few weeks ago, I predicted that that we'd have a Grand Bargain by early January that would include the same cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that Obama proposed last year, that Elizabeth Warren would never be allowed on the banking committee, that the filibuster would remain unchanged, and so forth.

Now it seems that things may have changed. I might be wrong on Obama's post-election plans. We're not out of the woods yet, but the momentum seems to be in the right direction. If so, I'll be pretty damned happy. Other than having to pay for a fancy steak dinner for the DU member who'll win a bet we made. Ah, that'll make me happy too.

Maybe we can turn this flaming pile of manure around. Let us pray. And let's keep the pressure up! Tell your elected representatives that the Third Way is going away, and now they have to play like good Democrats.

Regards,

First-Way Manny

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