Backers Take Obama to Task on Troop Surge
By Joe Garofoli at SF Chronicle
With Democrats holding the White House and Congress, “for now, the more important battle is between Obama’s own progressive vision of big bold change versus the D.C. establishment (including many Democrats, some of whom work for the president) and conventional wisdom,” Mike Lux, author of “The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be,” wrote Thursday on OpenLeft.com, a liberal blog. “President Obama, you should ignore the voices of the D.C. conventional wisdom and follow your vision of big, bold change.”
Liberals can’t define themselves, as Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald wrote, by “whatever Obama supports.”
“If you succeed in muting all your critics to the left, all you do is create a situation where your program is defined in the press and the Congress and the public imagination as the most-leftwing-possible proposal,” wrote Matt Yglesias, who blogs for the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress. “And the furthest-left proposal can’t possibly win.”
Holding Dems accountable
On Thursday, a group of prominent liberal bloggers including Glenn Greenwald – and backed by MoveOn.org and Service Employees International Union – announced they had formed a political action committee, Accountability Now, that would challenge congressional Democrats who are “more responsive to corporate America than to their constituents,” according to its new executive director, Jeff Hauser.
But they’re not going after Obama. Yet.
“Accountability Now is focused on Congress, which obviously has a role to play in authorizing and funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Hauser said. “We are waiting to see whether or not a divide develops between the public and Congress on the wars – at this time, we do not yet have an opinion with respect to Obama’s plans.”