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The fatally compromised Progressive Caucus. [View all]

"The failure of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to stand up to President Obama on many vital matters of principle is one of the most important and least mentioned political dynamics of this era.Principled and right on the issues? Often. Tough when the tough gets going? Almost never. (Photo credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

As the largest caucus of Democrats on Capitol Hill, the Progressive Caucus has heavyweight size but flyweight punch.

During the last four years, its decisive footwork has been so submissive to the White House that you can almost hear the laughter from the West Wing when the Progressive Caucus vows to stand firm.

A sad pattern of folding in the final round has continued. When historic votes come to the House floor, party functionaries are able to whip the Progressive Caucus into compliance. The endgame ends with the vast majority of the caucus members doing what Obama wants."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/09

You've got to do more than talk a good game, you've got to be willing to fight when it is necessary. What does subverting your liberal and progressive values to the President when crunch time comes achieve? Nothing good for the American people, that's for sure.

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