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I guess this would be the other side of the coin of the DLC-ers gloating: some of the neoprogs try to keep sanity by creating new Obama fantasies

Many years ago scientists in a top-secret progressive think-tank, seeing the ascendancy of Reagan conservatism, trained a young a young man to be a stealth candidate who would pose as a center-right moderate, so that once he was in office they could hatch their diabolical plan

It’s almost too easy, but still, the entire discussion of this one at the Confluence is a gem. One of the best parts is one of madamab plays that seems even truer now than when it was written

TOGETHER: And welcome to, He’s Just Not That Into You!

LIZ [sobering quickly]: Today, we’re here to talk to you about Senator Barack Obama. You all supported him pretty strongly in the primaries, didn’t you? [The bloggers all nod.] Now, why did you do that?

Good question. here’s Sirota’s answer:

What I mean to say is that we live in a culture that now organizes around celebrity – and Obama knew it, and knew that lots of left organizations aren’t really ideological – they are, if anything, organized around the Democratic Party and Bush hatred. So he basically figured out that if he could become a celebrity – and a Democratic Bush-hating one – he could swallow up a huge part of the “progressive infrastructure” and organize it around him (and all the hateful “if you question Obama, you hate Obama” comments that will inevitably be at the bottom of this diary actually confirm this!). And we shouldn’t blame him for being a “celebrity” – it’s not an epithet. And we shouldn’t blame him for seizing his moment. Not at all.

Simplistic, as it wasn’t really Obama’s plan, he was just a pawn in it, but has some truth to it and dutifully ends with the directive “do not blame”

Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake tries too

Look, for people who convinced themselves that Obama was the second coming of Saul Alinsky — wake up.  He never was.  He may, however, be the most progressive person we could have possibly hoped to elect as President of the United States.

You keep telling yourself that, Jane. The “most progressive“part of the joke is self evident by now. I am especially amused by the “we could possibly elect”.

That the progressive left actually did the electing is the biggest myth to come out of this year. There’s new evidence of this coming in every day.

A senior Obama campaign official shared with The Washington Note that in July 2008, the McCain and Obama camps began to work secretly behind the scenes to assemble large rosters of potential personnel for the administration that only one of the candidates would lead.

Lists comprised of Democrats and Republicans were assembled, sorted into areas of policy expertise, so that the roster could be called on after the election by either the Obama or McCain transition teams.

But it’s one of those bubbles I don’t want to pop. Because after the sense of victory, maybe some feeling of responsibility should set in. No, they didn’t do any electing – this was all fixed long before we even knew Dick’s cousin was going to run.

But they certainly created and amplified many of the dirty tricks (Hillary’s darkening of the Obama image in commercials, The War Room comments about Indiana voters, baby Trig’s parentage etc). They own those lies and muh of the ugly misogyny that soiled the political discourse this year. So, in that sense – Obama IS theirs, just as much as he is DLC’s, media’s, Bushco’s, Poppy’s and whatever other forces manufactured him.

So, neoprogs – try to reason your way out of what you did.

Al Franken was fond of quoting Powell’s Pottery barn rule re: Iraq: “You broke it, you own it”

I think when it comes to neoprogs and the political discourse, it applies even better.


Not Your Sweetie

November 2008