‘purity politics’

The People’s View: So Friday night, a government shutdown was averted. And already, you have people in some big orange “progressive” places melting themselves down over how that aversion was a loss for progressives and how President Obama gave in to billions more in cuts. So let’s look at what we know about the deal, what Barack Obama’s negotiating skills gave us…

Let’s start looking at it from the perspective of core Democratic values … the Republicans’ effort to defund family planning blew up in their faces, and President Obama and the Democrats protected this much needed service for poor and middle class women and families….

… The Republicans wanted to block any money from going to implement health care reform, and guess what? They didn’t get that either. And that is a big deal. Although probably the likes of Uygur would have liked health reform to be defunded (so they could claim Pyhrric victory over the failure of an un-implemented law that did not carry his favorite pony item)…

…What else? The environment. Democrats have successfully kept the Republican “EPA riders” out of the budget deal. You know, the same riders that would have told the EPA, in essence, “Carbon di-oxide is not a pollutant, you can’t regulate it!” Politico calls this a major victory for Democrats…

…Not bad, I’ll say. Three pretty big progressive policy initiatives were saved from the Republican axe. Remind me why some of the people who claim to be progressives are whining about this again? …

….how about the screaming idiots on the professional left didn’t take dumps all over the President’s initiatives in the first two years, under the guise of purity politics? How about they hadn’t helped along a depressed Democratic turnout? How about if they had actually helped do proper analysis and sell the benefits of health reform, financial reform, credit card reform, student loan reform, women’s pay legislation, among a myriad of other things? How about they didn’t help turn the House over to the Republicans wholesale?…

…we are laying in a bed that the whiny Left made for us together with the teabagging Right. It’s their own making. What we are looking for are solutions within that framework now. It didn’t have to be this way, but it is. What President Obama needs is for progressives to get his back when he’s fighting for our environment, for women, and for health care in a toxic, hostile Washington, DC…

So please, before you go off the rail with Daily Kos, FDL, Ed Schultz or Cenk Uygur, please do some thinking, and some fact finding. Cool the nerves. Calm down. And read. Then make your own judgments. I think you’ll be more pleased than you think.

Please read the full post here – it’s magnificent

Thank you Rita for the link

12 Responses to “‘purity politics’”

  1. 1 Shirley
    April 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like when you dig a Ditch for someone else, you may as well dig two, because It can back fire. Ummmm

  2. 2 Dorothy Rissman
    April 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you for putting up the article from TPV. It is a great site also and discusses very specific issues.
    Hope you had some fun this weekend. dr

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      You’re welcome Dorothy. It’s a great site, and this article is 100% spot on. Loved it. Hope you had a lovely weekend too and are refreshed, ready for the battles ahead!

      • 4 Dorothy Rissman
        April 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        I think so. Did you watch big headed ed telling us about Black in America? Of course he had the malcontent C. West, and poor Velma Hart, you remember the, I am so tired of defending you creep,, and Rev. Al.

        I did see a segment of it on WSY yesterday, and Rev. Al goes after the professor big time. They were really yelling at each other. Thank you Rev. Al. He told Cornell that he should stop sitting in his Ivory tower and do something other than just bitch. Yahoo. hugs.

  3. 5 Fred
    April 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for turning me on to The Peoples View. I have been looking for an alternative to that Orange site I have grown to dislike so much in the past year and it just keeps getting worse.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      April 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Fred, The site in great in a different way than this site. Chipsticks gives us tons of new information everyday.
      On TPV, we have three writers who are experts on a number of issues. They provide us with lots of information and of course people can comment. I have learned a lot on that site also. Today there is a diary attacking that nasty Paul Krugman who wrote a very vicious article about PBO in the NYT times.

      You know it just feels so good to have so many sites on which all of us feel that the president is the best.

  4. 7 theboysisters
    April 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    This may sound kind of morbid, but as far as a physical threat to the President’s life, I fear more from the so-called Liberals than from anti-choice RWNJs. Seriously, some of those fauxgressives have become unhinged.

    • 8 Fred
      April 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I don’t get that vibe from the left like I do from the right.

      Not something I like to talk about or dwell upon. However, when you think about it objectively, it’s really the ONLY possible way Republicans have a hope in 2012. They know it. It makes me very sad because I know there are people on that side of the isle who are thinking this and of ways to ‘encourage’ nutjobs who we all know are out there. Nobody will EVER admit to it but we have all been seeing the dialog presented on Faux using various techniques code speak and dog whistle techniques.

      I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed just how concerned the secret service was when Obama went to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. None of these people were screened beforehand so it was an unusual security situation for prez to be in.

    • 9 Dorothy Rissman
      April 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      TBS, I have worried about it too. Some unstable far lefty who wants to save the world. I always worry about something happening to him. Always have and always will.

      • 10 hopefruit2
        April 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        On DKOS yesterday, someone wrote a diary with a headline to the effect that “Obama apologists are a threat to us all.” This person basically positioned President Obama (and his supporters) as the enemy who is a THREAT to everyone – and this diary was highly rec’d, and remained on the rec list through today. I find that to be very problematic, because even a year ago, that diary would have been HR’d for the title alone.

        Once you start aligning yourself with that kind of thinking, the scenario that boysisters described is not a far shot. So yes, I’m becoming increasingly concerned about those on the so-called “left.”

  5. April 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Excellent article. Thanks Chipsticks.

  6. 12 Mrs. JVD
    April 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the article, Chipsticks.

    Cenk wrote a pandering blog on HP today. It disappoints me that so many well meaning people fall for the nonsense of the Professional Left just because they say they’re Progressives and demand the things they know Progressives want but aren’t going to get past the Blue Dog Dems and the GOP.

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