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Glenn Greenwald has an excellent piece up that serves as a warning to the progressive about what may very well happen again this cycle if we let it, in 6 easy steps:

By all rights, they [liberals - ed.] should expect to be a more powerful force in Washington. But what are they going to get from it? Will they wield more political power? Will their political values and agenda command more respect? Unless the disempowering pattern into which they have voluntarily locked themselves changes, the answer to those questions is almost certainly "no".
While we are in high spirits today, the machine of Washington and the establishment have a way of grinding down progressive hopes. We must keep on our Dem politicians to hold the line, lest we let the great success of Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy and others be diverted into the pseudo "bipartisan" territory of Simpson-Bowles.

Follow beyond the jump.

President Obama certainly has a strong position, stronger with the likes of the folks we supported, and stronger still with Joe Lie-berman gone. But true victory, true progress does NOT come at the ballot box; it comes at the negotiating table and on the floor of legislatures and councils and by the pens of presidents, governors, and mayors. Elections tell you what hand you will be playing with.

We've certainly been dealt a good national hand with these elections - now we have to prove wise enough, tough enough, and principled enough to play it well. We have to be willing to push hard with our own side, as well as with our political opponents, call bluffs, and bet hard on our hand.

The question Greenwald ends with remains, whether or not progressives and liberals...

"...emboldened by their success and the obvious movement of the electorate in their direction, ... resolve that this time things will be different, that their willingness to be Good Partisan Soldiers depends upon their core values not being ignored and stomped on"
... or not.  

The fight for progress begins right now, over the misnamed "Fiscal Cliff", and the outcome of that fight will set the tone for the next 4 years.

Play the hand. Call the bluff. Bet hard.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain, and not necessarily at the top." - Cousteau

    by Thucydides Junior on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:51:33 PM PST

  •  All this coming from a columnist who did his best (4+ / 0-)

    to contribute to the Democratic defeat in 2010?

    How ironic....

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:59:47 PM PST

    •  Or , in other words... (0+ / 0-)

      ... he held Obama to the same standards as he (and we) did for GWB.

      Whether you agree with him or not, if you don't read him, you're missing out on commentary from a brilliant American mind.

      "When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain, and not necessarily at the top." - Cousteau

      by Thucydides Junior on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:38:22 AM PST

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  •  Go, Thelma! Go, Louise! (0+ / 0-)

    If necessary, let's go "over the cliff."

    The problem will be clawing back the "mandatory" cuts in the federal discretionary budget, but at least with refreshed tax revenues, we have thrown the "don't add to the deficit" argument in the dumpster as we dump.

    President Obama: nail the Republicans.  Your majority voted for you believing you would.

    •  Indeed, the mandatory cuts ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... are going to bite into the earnings of corporations as well.

      But first, let the Bush Tax cuts expire, and then propose to make the under $250,000 part permanent, which for people keeping arbitrary Tax Cut Hysteria score at home counts as a tax cut.

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      by BruceMcF on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:09:57 PM PST

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  •  Power, to be felt, has to hurt. (1+ / 0-)
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    Liberals, generous people who wish others well, should eschew it. We want nothing to do with power, unless it is the power of the wind and the water and the sun and we can harness it for our purposes.
    Power, to be useful, either has to be controlled or dispersed. Government by the people disperses it naturally and the only time it is needed to coalesce is when there is a natural or man-made stress to be addressed.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:17:42 PM PST

  •  Also, there is no fiscal cliff. (4+ / 0-)

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:19:11 PM PST

    •  Hannah, please diary this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Well, I'll do it tomorrow. (1+ / 0-)
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        Given the number of comments my diaries get, I think comments get more traction.
        But, I'll do as you suggest.
        I don't like to give the appearance of spamming, either, but this does seem like an important issue, especially since the historically unique experience of countries giving up their currency to join the Eurpean Union provides us with a basis for comparison that we didn't have before -- i.e. another effort to unify certain functions while retaining a degree of political independence. Multi-national trade conducted in a common currency (the US dollar) isn't quite the same as political jurisdictions surrendering their unique currency. In a sense, that's what happened with the Confederacy, but that wasn't voluntary.
        How to maintain autonomy and what for seems a perennial question. After all, we still have the "conflict" between the centimeter and the inch. :)

        We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:55:33 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for this! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain, and not necessarily at the top." - Cousteau

      by Thucydides Junior on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:38:54 AM PST

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  •  in our own way (1+ / 0-)
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    we, liberals/progressives, are almost as fringe as very conservative Republicans in the national political continuum.  While average Americans like many liberal policies, they don't self identify as liberals.

    So if 'we' are to consolidate, we have to grow the group of citizens who believe they are liberal and will contact elected officials and take stands, make threats about money and support.   We have to have a power base to have power.  Everything else is throwing a temper tantrum when you don't get your way when you were never going to get your way.   IE, looking like Karl Rove on Fox News election night.

  •  I agree with Greenwald (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, enhydra lutris

    I've been told that getting sidetracked by language like the "fiscal cliff" is a waste of time and energy best used elsewhere. My view is that every time we hear one phrases and terms designed to put reactionary buttons we need to speak up, force the speaker to explain what s/he means and then challenge the response so we can move on to an actual reasoned, informative discussion.

    Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell ya the truth -- B. Dylan

    by ponderer on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:51:36 PM PST

  •  The President is sounding pretty tough today (0+ / 0-)

    ..when it comes to Grover Norquist's "cliff."

    Sounds as if he just might heed Bernie Sander's advice and take the issue to "We the People" actually.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:48:32 PM PST

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