OK, it’s pretty obvious by now that Obama, Plouffe, Axelrod, Jarrett, Sperling, and the rest of the Keystone Kops are scared shitless.
Even the ‘bots can’t justify the latest screw up.
The latest “pivot” to a jobs focus should have been a boon to a more progressive fight (ha!) from the White House. A mortgage relief program, a direct works program, or other popular ideas could have been the core of the bill.
But we know better.
But let’s be optimistic: let’s say Zero comes to his senses and realizes that he should sell a more progressive agenda. Let’s say that progressives use this latest pressure to get him to say the right things.
What could we expect?
We can expect a bait and switch, of course.
We would still have an Executive Branch run by stooges of the Chamber of Commerce, and a Democratic Congress run by stooges of the Third Way and the Koch brothers. Don’t even get me started on the Supreme Court.
Only under this scenario, Obama would be completely free from the threat of re-election & pleasing his base; lack of votes and support are the only thing giving what little imagined leverage progressives have now.
We can expect the wars to continue.
We can expect the persecution to continue.
We can expect the tone deafness to get worse.
We can expect more bailouts.
We can expect more sellouts.
And we can expect the full on frontal assault on progressives, the old, the young, the infirmed, the working poor, the non-working poor, and the environment to continue apace with even more unbridled fury, with no functional counterpoint to speak of in our government.
Can we seriously expect anything else?
At this point, battered and broken, progressives will either have two options:
1. Collapse, and indefinitely be treated like rats among our body politic.
2. Be reborn in some other form that will grow into a new movement over the course of years, maybe decades.
Either way, win or lose, the Age of Obama will likely get worse, not better, despite the outcome of this dog of a new “jobs” bill, or the 2012 election.
The powers that be have already determined the outcome, and it will not be pretty.
The only question is how we react to the onslaught.
The choice is yours.