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'The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever' - Richard (RJ) Eskow/HuffPo

The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever
Richard (RJ) Eskow - HuffPo
Posted: 05/20/2015 10:42 am EDT Updated: 47 minutes ago


AP

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Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever in the party this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn't look like the friction will be going away any time soon.

President Obama has been escalating his war of words with Elizabeth Warren and her allies, reigniting a burning resentment he last let slip in 2010. Hillary Clinton has adopted more progressive rhetoric, but her unwillingness to fight for specific policies has left activists frustrated.

Clearly, the left matters. Why, then, is it so difficult for progressives to get a seat at the table?

The Obama White House and the Left

While Obama seems to have targeted Sen. Warren for especially intense criticism, some of his barbs were aimed at broader targets. ""Every single one of the critics ... (who) send out e-mails to their fundraising base that they're working to stop a secret deal, could walk over and see the text of the agreement," Obama said. "... I gotta say, it's dishonest."

Those remarks were aimed, not just at Warren, but Obama's other TPP critics in Congress. That includes Senators Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown, as well as Reps. Keith Ellison, Alan Grayson, and Raul Grijalva.

There is no need to relitigate the TPP's secrecy or the honesty of TPP critics. It's a matter of tone as well as substance. The president hasn't sounded this piqued since 2010, when he dismissed progressives who criticized his compromises (some would say caves) with Republicans as seeking to "have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people."

That was not long after then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sneered at "the professional left" and mischaracterized progressive positions so that he could say things like "these people ought to be drug tested." And it was the same year that Rahm Emanuel, who seemed to function as the Administration's Id, told a roomful of liberal activists that they were "f**ing retarded."

After the Détente

The Administration's rancor toward the activist left seemed to disappear, or at least go underground, after the dustups of 2010 and 2011. The President tacked rhetorically to the left in response to the Occupy movement and in the run-up to the 2012 election. That boosted his poll numbers and is arguably responsible for his reelection.

In fact, five years after Obama excoriated progressives for rejecting his overtures to the GOP, outgoing White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer essentially acknowledged that Republicans never intended to work with the president and the left had been right all along. ""There's never been a time when we've taken progressive action and regretted it," said Pfeiffer.

But that realization does not seem to have engendered new appreciation. The president seems unusually determined, not merely to win the TPP battle, but to knock his left-leaning adversaries out of the game altogether.

Clinton's Changes...

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Much More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/the-left-matters----now-m_b_7342776.html



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Reply 'The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever' - Richard (RJ) Eskow/HuffPo (Original post)
WillyT May 2015 OP
bunnies May 2015 #1
WillyT May 2015 #2
WillyT May 2015 #3
WillyT May 2015 #4
LWolf May 2015 #5
WillyT May 2015 #6
daredtowork May 2015 #8
WillyT May 2015 #9
daredtowork May 2015 #14
LWolf May 2015 #15
daredtowork May 2015 #16
WillyT May 2015 #7
KoKo May 2015 #10
WillyT May 2015 #11
KoKo May 2015 #12
WillyT May 2015 #13

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 12:42 PM

1. k&r An excellent read.

 

Thanks for sharing it!

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2015, 12:45 PM

2. You Are Quite Welcome !!!

 




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 05:27 PM

3. Afternoon Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #3)

Wed May 20, 2015, 08:20 PM

4. And An Evening Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 08:56 PM

5. I was thinking about the Obama White House and the left

just now, specifically the "fucking retarded" comment made by Obama's Chief of Staff, when I responded to this thread. A link to your post would have been better; I think I'm going to add it.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026703568

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Response to LWolf (Reply #5)

Wed May 20, 2015, 09:00 PM

6. Gotcha...

 




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Response to LWolf (Reply #5)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:16 PM

8. The Chief of Staff used tbe R word?! Direct link pls.

That's a firing offense in the disabled community. Up there with the N word.

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Response to daredtowork (Reply #8)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:24 PM

9. Here Ya Go:

 

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Response to WillyT (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2015, 01:41 AM

14. Oh that was Rahm. Self-explanatory. And yet he keeps getting elected. nt

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Response to daredtowork (Reply #14)

Thu May 21, 2015, 07:46 AM

15. I see Willy got you a link.

I'd point out that it was "self-explanatory," because it was Rahm...yet that's who this POTUS chose as COS the first term, and who has close ties to the Clintons.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #15)

Thu May 21, 2015, 12:46 PM

16. People should stop explaining away underlying prejudice as temper. nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:09 PM

7. *** Is This Thing Working ???

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:38 PM

10. It's a good read.....

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Response to KoKo (Reply #10)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:40 PM

11. Thank You For That !!!

 




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Response to WillyT (Reply #11)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:43 PM

12. No problem...

back attcha.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2015, 12:47 AM

13. G'night Kick ...

 


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