I finally understand what the Obama phenomenon is all about. He is not the new JFK; he is not the fresh wind of change that will sweep through the befouled corridors of the Beltway; he is not the smoldering torch that will unite America.
No, George, he is none of the above. He is the Judas Goat leading progressives to that slaughterhouse of progressive ideals, the “center”, a center that is not static but is constantly shifting to the right as it is drawn in by mighty vacuum that is our neocon ideology.
But his greatest coup is sucking the progressive blogosphere into the center.
Thousands of progressive bloggers convened on Austin, TX last week for the annual Netroots Nation convention. As one writer noted, “Liberal bloggers are notorious dissenters and critics of mainstream Democratic politics, but there there won’t be much of that on formal display in Austin…The singular goal of the Netroots Nation…is to emphasize unity and help win control of the White House come November.”
Do you appreciate the full implication of what happened in Austin, George? Progressives have dumped civil liberties and embrace Obama’s yea vote on FISA in the mistaken belief that once he is in the White House he will move back to the left.
It’s a sweet dream, and like most sweet dreams, it doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of being realized. Obama has shown an amazing willingness to dump anything that may hinder his climb to power, be it a former pastor or his formerly progressive positions.
Once in the Oval Office, he will continue to dance to the tune piped by his corporate handlers, and his only “change we can believe in” will be to put a smiley face on the status quo.
Democracy went belly up when sophisticated marketing replace the political campaign. Obama is simply the newest and freshest manifestation of this trend. He is cleverly repositioning himself as a GWB lite.