Friday, January 01, 2010

Nader: Liberals Bailing on Obama

In his latest column, Ralph Nader provides a list of progressives who have lost hope for any change coming from Obama. Nader notes that most of the critics of the "masterspeaker of 'Hope and Change'" will once again become silent in 2012. When election year comes around all Obama's progressive critics will censor themselves in order to bow down to the reigning two-party tyranny.

What else can we do? Settling for the lesser of the two evils is what we always do in this country. But it's getting so old. There's got to be a way out of this gawddamn idiot maze.

Of all the loyalists, among the first to stray was Bob Herbert, columnist for The New York Times. He wondered about his friends telling him that Obama treats their causes and them “as if they have nowhere to go.” Then there was the stalwart Obamaist, the brainy Gary Wills, who broke with Obama over Afghanistan in a stern essay of admonition. . .

Arianna Huffington has broken in installments. But her disillusionment is expanding. She writes: “Obama isn’t distancing himself from ‘the Left’ with his decision to escalate this deepening disaster [in Afghanistan]. He’s distancing himself from the national interests of the country.”