The far left is encouraging the Establishment left to abandon Obama.
With the Obama administration beginning its third year, it is by now painfully obvious that the predictions of even the most sober Obama supporters were overly optimistic. Rather than an ally, the administration has shown itself to be an implacable enemy of reform.
It has advanced repeated assaults on the New Deal safety net (including the previously sacrosanct Social Security trust fund), jettisoned any hope for substantive health care reform, attacked civil rights and environmental protections, and expanded a massive bailout further enriching an already bloated financial services and insurance industry. It has continued the occupation of Iraq and expanded the war in Afghanistan as well as our government’s covert and overt wars in South Asia and around the globe.
Along the same lines as what I wrote below, I think this is a positive development. Not just cynically because I want to see Obama hurt, but also because we need more “extremism” in the debate. My hope is that extremism on the left loosens up the debate for more extremism on the right. I could be wrong and this could backfire. It could increase support for the far left. It could marginal the extremes and further empower the center. I don’t know. But something needs to shake up the current dominant centrist paradigm.