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Response to DerekG (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 06:13 AM

163. Thank you DerekG!

Another proud FDR Dem here, who appreciates you pointing out this manipulative term used by conservatives who are attempting to control the narrative.

Funny how a certain Democratic candidate is now pandering to those "far leftists" who are in actuality the majority of the country, because that is how Obama won in 2008.

...One reason we know voters will embrace populism is that they already have. Its what they thought they were getting with Obama. In 2008 Obama said hed bail out homeowners, not just banks. He vowed to fight for a public option, raise the minimum wage and clean up Washington. He called whistle-blowers heroes and said hed bar lobbyists from his staff. He was critical of drones and wary of the use of force to advance American interests. He spoke eloquently of the threats posed to individual privacy by a runaway national security state.

He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obamas record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasnt Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasnt even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.

A populist revolt among Democrats is unlikely absent their reappraisal of Obama, which itself seems unlikely. Not since Robert Kennedy have Democrats been so personally invested in a public figure. Liberals fell hardest so its especially hard for them to admit hes just not that into them....

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/27/my_party_has_lost_its_soul_bill_clinton_barack_obama_and_the_victory_of_wall_street_democrats/


But this time around it will be different because this time, while the presumptive nominee will be attempting to sound like Obama (& Warren), we will know it is just rhetoric. So while we will get more of the same if she were to win the election, at least we will be spared the bitter disappointment of having been fooled again.









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