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How Some In The Progressive Blogosphere Are Destroying The Movement From Within!

There are so many great things about having blogs as a part of the political dialog in our time, but there are many things about them that are counterproductive and actually destructive to moving the progressive agenda forward. I am going to start making an effort to expose some of these and hopefully shed some light on the situation. My newest target is Crooks and Liars, mainly because I was recently banned from there, but also because they provide me with such good examples of what is occurring.

So many in the progressive blogosphere operate on assumptions about their audience and the agenda in general that in my opinion just aren’t true and feed into the misperceptions that then get magnified by the right. A perfect example of this is the idea that progressives don’t care about the deficit and are the “tax and spend” party. Check out this excerpt from John Amato at Crooks and Liars, his response to the president’s SOTU address. (emphasis mine)

He also spent much of his time on right wing issues like the debt, fixing the tax code, tort reform and government spending. He said his Cat Food commission was a good thing but that he wasn’t going to use all their recommendations. I was happy that he didn’t give the impression that Social Security was going to be destroyed by the deficit and needed to be fixed now. I’m sure the Villagers won’t be happy with that.

So am I wrong to read that paragraph as a concession that “the debt, fixing the tax code, tort reform and government spending” are the right’s issues? I think it is pretty straightforward in that paragraph. So let me break it down.

The Debt

So, even though we liberals have been pointing out to the right that President Clinton balanced the budget and left office with a surplus as a sign that democrats are more responsible with spending…Amato is calling it “a right-wing issue.” I’m not willing to concede that and you have to wonder why a supposed progressive like Amato would.

Fixing the tax code

Now the tax code is currently set up to favor the wealthy, lots of ways to play the system if you have money, lots of loopholes designed specifically for those who can afford to exploit them and of course many, many ways for corporations to avoid paying taxes. So is fixing the tax code a right-wing issue? Really? I don’t concede that one either and unless you are so blinded by your irrational hatred that you project nefarious motives on the president, I don’t see how that issues is a right-wing one either.

Tort Reform

Out of the bunch that Amato lists as right-wing issues, tort reform is an issue that does belongs to the right. It is, of course, the issue of limiting law suits against corporations and attempts to put caps on damages from lawsuits. So it is clearly an issue that tends to favor big business and takes away protections of consumers. Having a step dad and brother who were lawyers and having worked in a law office in high school, I have some knowledge about this. I worked for an ambulance chaser in high school who was a negligence lawyer for the most part. I remember one of his clients winning 2 million dollars because he was in the back of a pickup truck when a tow strap broke and it took out one of his eyes. The tow strap was worn and had a clear warning on it about proper ways to use it. Whether the guy deserved 2 million or not, I really didn’t sit in the jury box so I can’t say. I have mixed feelings about tort reform, myself. I certainly wouldn’t want to put caps on damages or help business avoid responsibility for their negligence, but I also know there is a lot of strangeness within our laws that certainly could be cleaned up. I think back to an old girlfriend from my teen years whose family like to sue everyone. I remember when I broke up with her, she said she was going to sue me. Seriously. It was great having a mom who was a legal secretary and a step dad who was a lawyer. We all got a good laugh out of it.

Government Spending

So cutting government spending or wasteful spending is a right-wing issue? Doesn’t that feed right into the Republican talking points that democrats are big spenders? Why would Amato want to perpetuate that liberal stereotype? It doesn’t make sense.

The next sentence in John Amato’s snarky review of the President’s speech was also kind of strange.

The speech seemed to be targeted at the mythical independent voters more than usual. It didn’t have the impact that a typical Obama speech has in my opinion, but CBS did a quick poll and 91% of Americans liked it.

So that swatch in the middle of the country who calls themselves ‘independent” are mythical now? They don’t really exist? This sentence shows once again how his bias or dislike or hatred towards the president has warped his view of things and caused him to type shit that just doesn’t make sense. And if it didn’t have the impact that a typical Obama speech has, then why did 91 % in CBS’s poll like it. The SOTU has never been a pep rally speech anyway. It is usually wonky and directed at the audience in the room for the most part. I can just imagine what Amato would have typed had the president gone out and given a campaign-like speech.

I plan to keep exposing the haters in the progressive blogosphere and how they are undermining the movement by letting their irrational hatred for our president cloud their judgement, stay tuned.

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January 26, 2011 - Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama

12 Comments »

  1. Thank you!! A lot of us DO care especially about wasteful spending. There are government programs that can be eliminated like selective service.

    Comment by SpinnyLiberal | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. The problem that Obama faces when it comes to hardcore liberals is that Obama is too much in the center for them. They feel like he needs to govern from the left rather than the center or cent left or right. This has been an issue for many democratic presidents before Obama. Clinton faced a flurry of criticism from his base although no doubt Obama faces perhaps more criticism due to the economy.

    Obama pushed for an optimistic tone in his speech and has actually faced a lot of praise by Chris Mathews who called Obama’s speech Jack Kennedy like. Yet praise is also going to be mixed with a heat of criticism which is simply unavoidable.

    The thing about the economy and when people bring up the great depression people fail to realize that Roosevelt didn’t single handedly end it. In fact it took it very long time to end. I wish pundits would discuss that aspect of history because it seems a lot of them ignore it.

    Comment by Jeff | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  3. Great post, EL! Keep exposing those racist firebagger haters in the pay of Karl Rove! There is no room in Our Party for dissent and lies about Our President. These idiot stupid firebaggers should watch what they say and shut up if they don’t have anything good to say.

    Comment by Orson P. | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. i did the same head scratching when i read the same line in the c&l post by amato.

    Comment by 7thangel | January 27, 2011 | Reply

    • It always baffles me when they over simplify everything, tax cuts bad, raising taxes good, cutting spending bad, adding spending good….the details don’t seem to matter to them. It’s a black and white world, no greys anywhere. They can’t even seem to acknowledge that maybe some spending can be cut, wasteful, pork barrel stuff…and it seems like any kind of tax break, even if it is targeted to investment in jobs, must be bad. They are no brighter than Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin when they use that twisted logic.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. I was watching the youtube interview at least part of it and guess it was filled with pot questions. Man can’t they ask questions about serious issues instead of this age old question that in the end wont solve as much as so many idiots are led to believe?

    Comment by Jeff | January 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Yeah! Their issues aren’t nearly as important as our issues! They’re just idiots and WE are the real democrats!

      Comment by Orson P. | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • Shut up already! LOL

        Anyway I’m just saying that weed isn’t the top priority some of these pot heads seem to believe it is. I have a buddy that smokes weed and I do myself on occasion but I don’t believe that it is the top issue of the economy and despite what my friend and many others seem to believe I don’t think it will fix much of anything.

        Comment by Jeff | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  6. Contrary to 91% of Americans polled by CBS, the professional “lefties” at The Nation thought the SOTU was a yawn.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/158067/sputnik-moment-wasnt

    Comment by Grant in Texas | January 27, 2011 | Reply

    • The Nation is a yawn in itself.

      Comment by Jeff | January 27, 2011 | Reply

      • I just wanted to add on Cenk’s the young turds channel on youtube he was upset about Obama’s last response towards the war on drugs. Boy he can’t give credit to Obama for anything yet he claims he’s a progressive. Of course with the way this country has gone the progressives are always to happy to attack the president even when he reaches out to them.

        Whats with the drug war and the big deal that youtube makes about it? Could Cenk himself be a pot head? Could the overwhelming majority of youtube be filled with a bunch of druggies? I mean every person I’ve talked to that is against the war on drugs tends to be a major druggie.

        Comment by Jeff | January 28, 2011 | Reply

    • The brief part of Ed’s show that I saw the other night had him at one point talking about Jay Carney as the new press sec and Ed said with a bit of bite “welcome, from the professional left”….
      WTF is that all about, a challenge, a warning that they are coming for him too. What is with the angry left, anyway?

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | January 28, 2011 | Reply


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