‘obama might just be the leader you wanted him to be’

Conceptual Guerilla (Daily Kos): …. If you’re a Democrat, there is a lot to like about Alan Grayson. I have never heard anyone complain that Congressman Grayson was “centrist”, or that he was an “appeaser” of Republicans, or that he practiced any of that “triangulation” stuff. Alan Grayson was an unapologetic liberal Democrat, who fought for his beliefs and principles. Alan Grayson can fairly be called a poster boy for the kind of progressive leadership many Kossacks hoped Obama would display.

Which brings me to the bad news about Alan Grayson.

Alan Grayson lost.

Did his unabashed liberal priniciples inspire respect among voters who may not have agreed with everything he said? No.

Did his clear embodiment of progressive leadership cause Democrats in his district to turn out and vote? No.

… Democrats in Orlando stayed home … just like they did everywhere else.

….The people who make policy are the people who win elections, not the people who lose them. Alan Grayson was there to fight for healthcare reform, because he won in 2008. Alan Grayson was not there to do diddly squat in the debt ceiling fight, because he got beat … His voters stayed home….

…This is the world Barack Obama operates in.

1. There aren’t enough of progressives to win an election. You’re not a majority. Not only that, there are twice as many self-identified conservatives, and “independents” skew more conservative.

2. There are plenty of you who are very good at complaining about all that nifty progressive stuff we all wish Obama would pull out of his ass. I have observed President Obama enough to be confident in this belief: If he could pull single payer out of his ass, he would. He can’t.

…. Here’s the reality. The stimulus passed in February ’09 wasn’t enough. It was all Obama could get out of the likes of Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, and Ben Nelson. Those were our guys. Same with healthcare reform … which Obama got passed where every other Democratic President failed going all the way back to Harry Truman.

Some of you people don’t understand how hard it is to get ANYTHING done in Washington. Ever.

… Let me suggest to you that Obama is very cannily, very amiably, very reasonably helping the Republican Party to self-destruct. You may not see it, but Obama might just be the leader you wanted him to be…..

Full post here


Thanks so much to 57andFemale for this link – as she said, “this is one of the best smackdowns of the PL and description of Obama’s horrible plight I’ve ever read”.

You know how reluctant I usually am to link to DK, it truly has become a miserable PL cesspit, which makes the efforts of people like Conceptual Guerilla to counter the vitriol there all the more admirable. Thanks again 57andFemale.

19 Responses to “‘obama might just be the leader you wanted him to be’”

  1. 1 Bobfr
    August 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    It’s an excellent essay, for sure. I only go to that site to recommend and, sometimes comment, in support of eclectablog, TiMT, Deaniac, and a few others – typically because someone has alerted to a post that deserves support. This one definitely did and I’m so grateful to you and 57 for bringing it to our attention.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 2 hopefruit2
      August 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I’ve been suspended from there so I can’t tip & rec, but this is a great diary and an excellent smackdown of the PL. Thanks to the author, 57andFemale, and Chips!

  2. 3 Debz
    August 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is an excellent smack down of the PL whiners. I hope some of them would listen.

    • 4 Me4obama
      August 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      They will never Listen, it’s all about the Dollar. They Earn a living by being stupid, what else can I say.

  3. August 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Yes, excellent commentary. I rarely go to that site either. One thing I will say that may sound catty is the redesign of that site is absolutely horrendous. It’s so busy and with that orange color really makes my eyes scramble. Just an awful design.

  4. 6 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm


    I go to Kos in spurts — sometimes a few times a week, sometimes not even once a month. I like to support some specific posters, and I’m glad Deoliver made the Front Page — and they do cover some issues in good depth. But the Rec List is usually an abomination. Anyway, loved this article. Thanks.

  5. 7 carolyn
    August 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This editorial and Ben Heineman’s from The Atlantic support each other. The “progresive left” thought they had elected a Democratic president, so all they had to do was yell at him and what they wanted would get done. They don’t work daily like he has. They don’t deal with realities like he has to. This piece supports what others have said about President Obama’s always taking the long view. This is SO hard for people to accept and understand. The way Deaniac explained the Debt Deal the president was taking the long view on that too, and immediate results are not the final results. FDR and LBJ had much more amenable Congresses when they started, so they could get passed what they tried. Our work is to give the President the Congress he can work with for his second term.

    • 8 nathkatun7
      August 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

      Well said Carolyn! People really forget that both FDR and LBJ had super majorities in both houses of Congress. Moreover they were dealing with sane Republicans. In fact, if it weren’t for liberal and moderate Republicans the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have been passed. Southern Segregationist Democrats (the Dixiecrats) opposed the law.

      I was so appalled when media pundits like Ed Shultz urged people not to vote in 2010 Congressional elections in order to punish President Obama and the Democrats. I am wrong to think that these people were working for Republicans? Are these so called progressives so clueless that they don’t realize the importance of Congress? Do they really think that the President can act as dictator?

  6. 9 utaustinliberal
    August 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    BOOM!!!! The author of this article deserves a bottle of expensive, delicious wine. Nailed it on the head. Well justified smackdown of the PL whiners and moaners who only sit on their asses and don’t get up to do the real hardwork. Brilliant article!

  7. 10 Mae who love our CIC
    August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Very good commentary. Each of us have a role. Alan Grayson is the example of such. His role was to be a loud mouth for the cause, a sprinter and President Obama is a long distance runner to endure over the long haul. Can you imagine having a President that does not behave in a reasonable manner most of the time, one that you would not be sure what would come out of his mouth when it is opened. President Obama has the right temperament for this office. Again thanks for opening our eyes.

    • 11 Anonymous
      August 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      “Can you imagine having a President that does not behave in a reasonanble manner most of the time, one that you would not be sure what would come out of his mouth when it is opened”?

      Mae, we don’t have to imagine.

      One word….Bush.

  8. 12 bestpresidentever
    August 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I found this good piece by Andrew Sullivan on TDB: “Who is Washington’s Most Effective Politician?” is the headline, and his answer of course is Obama. Here’s an excerpt:

    “When I read commentaries expounding on the notion that this man is competely out of his depth, I just have to scratch my head. Given his inheritance, this has been the most substantive first term since Ronald Reagan’s. And given Obama’s long-game mentality, that is setting us up for a hell of a second one.”


  9. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    And for the record, I like Alan Grayson, and hope he is successful in his next electoral race. His voice is needed, and he’s willing to say what needs to be said. Any time I’ve seen him, he’s always supported PBO. I commend him for that.

  10. 14 tally
    August 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    this is beyond brilliant!!

  11. 15 FiredUpInCA
    August 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the head’s up 57andFemale. Up to and after the debt ceiling debate, that place had become nearly as toxic as a right wing blog, so thanks for the head’s up that there are people still fighting the good fight and telling the truth on this President.

  12. 16 dotster
    August 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    That diary is on the money. I infrequently do a quick scan there to see if any brave pro-Obama souls need a rec and a tip. Or, like yesterday when Kailey Jo or whatever her name is wrote such a preposterous front page post that I could not ignore and commented that her “brilliant” observation may have been the dumbest thing I’d ever seen there. She actually decided to link President Obama making a little jokey about getting an email from AARP asking him to tell President Obama to support Medicare to George W. Bush looking under tables for WMD, that it was just as egregious. Told her she must have been very very desperate to post another pointless anti-Obama rant to come up with that beauty. Ridic!

  13. 17 GGail
    August 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Better yet…President Obama is EXACTLY the President God wants him to be and that’s good enough for me!

  14. 18 kefauver
    August 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Yep, I read that earlier. If ever a diary from that cesspool deserved to be linked, that one definitely deserved it.

  15. 19 Left-Indie
    August 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Wow, what a focused and devastating points this guy made. Truth is a lot of people here made those points before, but boy did he focus them like a beam. One disturbing thing he said, which I think is true, is that a lot of the independents lean conservative. They’re persuadable, but their baseline is mild conservative. I work with 2 people like that. They voted for Reagan, Bush 1, then Clinton 2nd term, then Bush 2, then Kerry, then Obama. Now they’re a moving target. One day for Obama, the next day for anybody but. It’s all about the jobs for those people. God I hope we do something about that.

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