Obama Fails. Repeatedly. [Someone Had to Say it.]

Via on Dec 23, 2009

Leave it to political genius Naomi Klein to tell it like it is.

by Sarah Miller

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Naomi doesn’t mince words in her Nation article about Obama’s repeated failures over the last several months. Climaxing with Copenhagen, he fails again, big time. For Obama, no opportunity is too big to blow.

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2 Responses to “Obama Fails. Repeatedly. [Someone Had to Say it.]”

  1. I find Klein strident. It's easy to diss folks who are trying their utmost when we, the progressives, aren't even backing them. He coulda had a far stronger healthcare bill through this summer, but we the People who voted him in couldn't give a shiite all summer—every blog I did on the subject (search 'em) hardly got any clicks. Then, the Democrats, including Jared Polis, my own Congressman who I know and admire greatly, revolted…and the Republicans got their balls back.

    I find little admiration in progressives dissing Obama. We should be making noise and criticizing only if we are active ourselves. What have you or I done, lately, to help health care get stronger? Obama accomplished more than Clinton, or any Repub or Democratic President when it comes to health care since Teddy Roosevelt was talking about it, nearly a hundred years ago. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/07/for-the-fi

    All that said, I welcome the dialogue on this.

    And if you're criticizing Copenhagen, soapbox liberals, check this first (this from someone who was in the room): http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/12/china-kill

    I understand there's frustration. We should be using that energy to push our desires down the playing field, not tearing down those who are humble enough to actually try and compromise and get something done.

  2. Nathan Smith ndsmith says:

    I'm pretty much in complete agreement with Waylon on this. Klein brings up a number of good points that remind progressives that these small "victories" on health care, bank regulation, and climate change (most of which are still in the works) are not the final goal. However, her tone and the general thesis that Obama has "failed" is just wrong-headed.

    When she writes things like this:

    "There are very few U.S. Presidents who have squandered as many once-in-a-generation opportunities as Barack Obama."

    I, for one, have a real hard time taking her seriously.

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