MoveOn’s Plaintive Cry in the Dark

| November 29, 2010 | 8 Replies

MoveOn is not happy with our President. See, they “miss” the tough-talking candidate of 2008 who was going to close Guantanamo Bay, restore our standing in the world, and, most importantly, stick it to those awful rich people who make more than $250,000 a year. Their upset has reached the point that they’ve written a letter imploring their members to ask the President not to go all wobbly moderate on them and be the progressive champion he claimed he was during the election.

Dear MoveOn member,

Remember Barack Obama in 2008? The guy who refused to go along with a “dumb war” and said, “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

I miss that guy. Imagine if someone told you in 2008 that Barack Obama was actually thinking about signing legislation to extend the Bush tax giveaways for the rich. I wouldn’t have believed it.

Now more than ever, we need the Barack Obama we elected in 2008—the smart, tough, hopeful progressive champion who inspired millions of us—to stand up and say “no” to a millionaire bailout.

Right now, with the change we all fought for hanging in the balance, President Obama needs to hear from those of us who supported him the most.

So we’re asking MoveOn members nationwide to record a video message from the heart to tell President Obama to go to the mat to stop any extension of the millionaire tax giveaways—and to bring back the progressive fighter we all knew and supported in 2008.

Now I’ve never been one to stand between a hopelessly naive person and the windmill against which they’ve chosen to tilt, but in this case, I do think I have to at least try to intervene.


Okay, MoveOn, let me explain something to you, in blunt terms because, well, it’s about time someone spoke bluntly to you. You can’t miss what you never had. Barack Obama was never the “progressive champion” he purported to be. He lied to you and you, in your desperation, swallowed his lie without ever once checking to see if he had ever spent a dime of political capital on your precious progressive causes. If you had listened to us conservatives for a minute instead of calling us warmongers and Jesus-freaks, we would have been happy to show you the truckload of “present” votes he left in his wake and the hours of talky-talky backed up by not a whit of meaningful action ever in his entire political career.

Barack Obama never loved you. He never intended to do what you wanted him to do. He used you for your organization and your donations and your votes and the very second he could abandon you, he did, without a second thought. What do you think that whole “I’ll close down Gitmo in a year, maybe” Executive Order business was all about? You got played by a master player. He knew he couldn’t close it in a year; he barely knew anything about Gitmo beyond what you guys in the nutroots fed him.

And taxes? Look, I don’t doubt that he’d love to shake every last dime out of everyone, rich or not, if he could get away with it. However, jacking up taxes on anyone in the middle of a recession that has beaten him at every turn is going to require that he actually take a bold stance and flex some considerable political muscle. Look deep into your heart of hearts and ask yourself, “Do I really believe that Barack Obama is that good a politician?” You and I both know he’s not. He barely has two years of experience as an executive. There is no chance at all he’s going to outsmart or out-stubborn people who have been in Congress since he was in short pants. If you aren’t quite ready to believe that, let me ask you this: have you heard one instance where he’s invited a key Republican or two to the White House to have a nice quiet sit-down chat? See, that’s where the real deals are done. But instead of doing the delicate work of diplomacy with an entrenched opposition, he lobbed a few rhetorical bombs then went off to play basketball. Do you really think that’s going to help? From where I sit, I see a man who doesn’t care all that much about the tax hikes you want so very badly. But what do I know? I’m just a guy who tried to warn you two years ago that he was an empty suit.

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