Wednesday, December 14, 2011
What progressives need to understand is what President Obama is doing, this whole Campaign about Class Warfare. Is exactly that a Campaign to get the Far Left in the Democratic Party behind him for 2012. The exact same play or very close to it that he ran in 2007-08 to get this base behind him. To win the Democratic Nomination for President. That he played masterfully but then in the General Election he became a Liberal Democrat. Because he knew he needed the Democratic Party behind him but he also needed Independent Voters behind him as well. Thats how he won Virginia, Florida, Ohio, I believe Indiana as well and Colorado. States that the Republican Nominee has to win in order to get Elected President. The President is not running this Campaign because he believes in the Progressive Agenda. If thats what Progressives want, then they should vote for the Progressive Party Nominee or the Socialist Party Nominee. Neither Nominee of course would win but at least they would be ideologically in sync. President Obama believes in the Democratic Agenda which is why he's a Liberal Democrat. And they have similar goals of Progressives but different policy's to accomplish those goals. Your not going to see the President offer a Single Payer Medicare For All plan or a plan to Nationalize Big Banks. Or a plan to let all of the Tax Cuts expire including for the Middle Class. Or I'm sure a lot of other things that Progressive Economist Bob Reich wants to do.
So before progressives throw all of their support behind President Obama and unless they want a President Gingrich or Romney. If he rebounds, they have to get behind the President and Democratic Party. And then perhaps try to recruit more of their members in the Democratic Party. Or recruit their own members to the Progressive Party for 2014-16, they have to get behind the President. And not cost democrats another election in Congress or cost them the White House. Because they didn't bother to vote or voted for people who lost overwhelmingly. President Obama wants to pass his own agenda to restore American Capitalism and make it work for the whole country. The other 90-99%, not tear down American Capitalism and move to Democratic Socialism thats common in Europe. And he knows he needs the entire Democratic Party behind him to accomplish this. He knows he needs to get reelected obviously and that Senate Democrats need to hold on. And he needs more House Democrats if not a Democratic Majority with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. But he can't accomplish this with just liberals and centrists, he already has those people. He needs progressives as well and thats what this latest campaign is all about.
So for Progressive Democrats to get behind the President for 2012, as a Liberal Democrat I believe thats great. Because that means President Obama's Approval Rating will go up and get near 50%. If he gets there and holds it, he's basically a lock to get reelected. But Progressives should know why he's doing this campaign, to get reelected its about politics.