- least-worst mindset.
- show his liberal stripes.
They are no longer loyally silent in the face of,
- escalating war in Afghanistan
- near collapse of key provisions in the health insurance legislation
- likely anemic financial regulation bill
- obeisance to the bailed out Wall Street gamblers
Bob Herbert, columnist for The New York Times, treated
- “as if they have nowhere to go.”
Brainy Gary Wills, upset over Afghanistan in a stern essay of admonition, calling the escalation
- “a betrayal.”
- “If we had wanted Bush’s wars, and contractors, and corruption,
At least we would have seen our foe facing us, not felt him at our back, as now we do.”
Progressive Populist shows the velvet verbal gloves are coming off
Jim Hightower, “I had hoped Obama might be a more forceful leader
- who would reject the same old
Obama signed on to the Wall Street and military-industrial complex from the get-go
Norman Solomon, “President Obama accepted the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize while delivering—to the world as it is—
- a pro-war speech.
Arianna Huffington, her disillusionment is expanding. “Obama isn’t distancing himself from ‘the Left’ with his decision to escalate this deepening disaster [in Afghanistan].
- He’s distancing himself from the national interests of the country.”
John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, never an Obama fan, upset with what he calls “the liberal adoration of Obama.” In the Providence Journal
- Frank Rich of The New York Time,
- Hendrick Hertzberg of The New Yorker
- Tom Hayden
- retained hope over Obama’s coming months.
The liberal-progressive commentariat has another two years to engage in challenge and chagrin
For in 2012, silence will mute their criticisms as the stark choices of the two-party tyranny come into view and incarcerate their minds into the least-worst voting syndrome. It is hard to accord them any moral breaking point under such self-imposed censorship. Not much leverage in that approach, is there?