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  •  the electorate FDR faced was less diverse (0+ / 0-)

    much whiter, more Protestant, more conservative. He therefore had to be much more wary, because the right was far more powerful back then.

    He could not have won any of his elections without those Southern Democrats supporting him.

    Obama's in the 21st century. The electorate he is facing is much more diverse--not only ethnically, but in religion, gender, and age. The fastest growing demographics in American politics are Hispanic- and Asian-Americans.

    The Southern Strategy of Nixon and Reagan is no longer viable. The Republicans have only won the popular vote in one of the last six presidential elections. Obama is facing an electorate that is much more open to making significant changes. He doesn't need the support of white conservatives to advance his legislative agenda or even to get elected.

    The tea party has no power that Obama doesn't give it. They're a ghost, they represent a shrinking minority. The American electorate overwhelmingly repudiates what they stand for. If Obama stamped his foot, the ghost would vanish and we'd see how powerless they really are.

    The 1% give them funding and free media airtime to make them look more powerful, but it's like a pufferfish taking in water to make it seem bigger and more threatening than it is.

    Obama chooses not to banish the ghost, because the ghost gives him political cover to do what he wants to do--namely, advance the Wall Street agenda of privatizing the government. He can kill the public option and blame it on the teabaggers. He can slash the stimulus and pack it with tax cuts, and blame it on the Republicans. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Obama is a skillful politician, all right--but you're mistaken about whom he's working for. He's not working for the poor--quite the opposite.

    That is, in a nutshell, how it works.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:03:36 PM PDT

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