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    Jim R, bmastiff, LEP

    requires that one kiss the ass of big money. It simply can't be avoided. I know that there are apparent exceptions like Sanders and Warren, but they're not near the top of the party, and Sanders isn't even technically a Dem.

    The Dem leadership is Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and their top lieutenants like Durbin, Hoyer, Clyburn and Murray. All have deep ties to big money. Which precludes their adopting too much of a class warfare platform, because obviously that war would be waged against their financial backers.

    But Obama's just concluded his last election and I seriously doubt that Biden's got any chance at the presidency. So why not go for broke and adopt a more progressive agenda? Well, they still have to work with the Dem leadership, which has future elections to worry about, and Obama doesn't want to enter the post-presidency on the wrong side of big money. It'll make the difference between building houses for the poor and giving $100k speeches for the rest of his life. And having come from near-poverty and later worked with the poor, Obama's not interested in revisiting that. He wants to continue the ultra-charmed life. And that can't involve genuine class warfare.

    Look, I don't think he's a bad man. I think he means well. But he's a weak man, whose dreams exceed his ability to realize them. He's also a vain man, sensitive to criticism and uninterested in risk. He's not a big agenda kind of guy. In words, sure, but in practice, not so much. Everything he's done has been half a loaf. A good loaf, but still half of one. So he's not the one to look to to make this happen. Nor are leading Dems. We are, along with less powerful but more progressive Dems, like Sanders and Warren.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:03:35 PM PST

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