Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stoller: "Why It's Important to Note That Obama Is Not Liberal or Progressive"

Cross-posted at Obama--Criticism and Support

Matt Stoller at Open Left gets it right. Read the whole post.

So work for Obama, help him get elected, but realize that he doesn't and will never share our values. And we shouldn't try to pretend that he is the progressive we wish he were, since he's a politician, and politicians go where power is. And he's decided that power is not with the liberals. That's fine. But it's important, as people who believe that liberal ideas work, that Obama be understood as who he is, not as who we wish he were. I have tried to broadcast this message over the past few days, but first, I'll make a caveat most of us on this site will recognize.

Caveat: We want to make it very clear that criticism or analysis of Obama is not intended as a repudiation of support for Obama. He's a far superior candidate to McCain, a better person, and will be a much better President....We support him, even though we disagree with his political outlook and policy positions.
I could find countless emails between me and my Obama-supporting 4 daughters where I argue that Obama is even more centrist than Clinton, that she offers a more progressive health care plan. Paul Krugman in the New York Times wrote numerous columns on this and was repudiated by too many progressive blogs then in the throes of their Obama love affair.


sricki said...

Exactly. The people who argue that Hillary OR Obama are progressives are deluding themselves. I've been saying they were both centrists for a long time.

If people wanted a progressive, they should have voted for Kucinich. His policies are more in line with my political ideology, but I knew he didn't have a chance.

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