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18 November 2008 @ 05:37 pm
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I came pretty pre-disillusioned about Obama, so him pushing to kiss up to Lieberman doesn’t surprise me. He’s not a progressive; he’s center-right, and he likes to make that clear by chucking prominent left-wing interest groups under the bus to show that he’s not one of *those* Democrats. He did it to gays in the primaries by hiring a vicious homophobic preacher to MC fundraisers, which was a big reason why I didn’t vote for him in the primary. And then he had a shot at impressing me with the FISA vote, and he immediately caved on that. So I didn’t have any illusions that he was going do anything progressive.

I still voted for him and donated some money -- though I donated more to No on 8 -- because center-right is better than foaming right wing, and more importantly he’s a competent center-right guy, and the government not being run by idiots will be a big improvement even if it’s still essentially conservative.

I’m somewhat darkly amused at DailyKos meeting reality, though. One of the reasons I stopped reading it in the primaries was because every thread turned into Clinton-bashing and Obama-worship.
 
 
 
Jessejmatonak on November 19th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
I imagine he'll get around to doing something "progressive" at some point, but I long ago accepted that Barack Obama is well to the political right of me. On the other hand, everyone is.

Totally with you on the Daily Kos schadenfreude. :)
Lauratavella on November 22nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm only center-left myself, but it's disturbing that that makes me a crazy left wing hippie in the Washington argot. While I was expecting any kind of left wing domination, or even plurality, in Obama's administration, it's insanely sad that he's not even including any leftward voices in this 'bridge building'. His entire national security team? Fans of the Iraq War. Yeah, *that's* fucking change.
DNAmotleypolitico on November 19th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'll settle for a competent centrist.

I want a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, but I've kindof given up hope on finding one of those - they don't get elected.
Lauratavella on November 22nd, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have nothing against competent centrists; I liked Clinton, too. I just wish the political spectrum was a little wider than 'competent centrist' to 'crazy rightwing government destroyer'.
Evil Magnusevilmagnus on November 20th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/us/politics/21dingell.html?hp

We don't know how much influence Obama wielded to get Waxman there, but his appointment is very positive news for environmentalists.
Lauratavella on November 22nd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
My impression was it was mostly Pelosi, but yup, Waxman is a big improvement over Dingell, and it's such a critical area.
Malkinmalkin on November 21st, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh now, there's a certain tactical value to pardoning Lieberman. He now owes Obama. I don't expect Obama to cash that one in, casually, either. Don't waste it on the small stuff. Wait until it's really going to smart. Then send Emmanuel in for the kill.

Personally, I'm delighted with Obama's two picks for the FCC transition team. They're both extremely internet savvy, pro Net-Neutrality, and oddly, very virtual world savvy. That's definitely on the right track, at least.
Lauratavella on November 22nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
That would require Lieberman to actually have any gratitude. Obama came and campaigned for him against Lamont when Lieberman was begging for help; you saw what 'cashing in' *that* favor got Obama.
Kirke: WTF?kirke_novak on November 22nd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Next to what we you got for last 8 years, a bear dressed in a tutu would be a better candidate. Obama > Bear > Bush
Lauratavella on November 22nd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I cannot disagree with this!