The Difference between Obama and Palin: He's an Effective Conservative.
When I’m asked, “What’s wrong with Sarah Palin?” My answer is always the same. “Who gives a shit?”
In the end, you cannot take her seriously. Nobody should. She’s entertaining, though. She sells books. She’s profitable.
Don’t drink the Kool Aid on the Palin Matter. The mainstream liberal movement loves to complain that we shouldn’t dismiss her. Well, now they’re talking Bachmann. Regardless, the conservative movement already has dismissed her. She’s being used merely to wrangle the far right, to remind them of the bargain they’ve made with the mainstream conservative movement.
If you want to know a conservative to worry about, you might want to look closer to home—at somebody like President Obama. There’s a dangerous conservative, for you. He’s a guy who can convince the liberal establishment that shitty cuts in the budget are the most historic thing ever!
Here’s something of a warrant for my claim. The right wing disagrees with everything Obama does. Not for smart reasons, necessarily, and mostly because he’s a Democrat. That’s the right for you. Similarly, Obama can always depend on the majority of his base and independents to support him. You might think about this for a minute. It takes a minute or two to sink in, but once you get it and see it, you won’t see him or the base in the same way ever again.
Stumped? Well, Obama’s base is just about as unthinking as the right wing that knee-jerks disagreement with the first black socialist President of the United States. And Obama knows it. Counts on it. Banks on it. Votes on it. Likely, bargains with it, since Republicans certainly understand it. And the thing is, there are more in Obama’s base than there are in the Republicans far right peanut gallery, which is why they invest so much in it—see the tea party and FoxNews and most of AM radio.
My question is: WHERE IS THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT? Well, we’re hear, we’re just ignored. Obama doesn’t like us, nor does his party. Never has. We’re tolerated.
Anyway, here’s the Yglesias blog on Think Progress with the numbers, and my warrant:
Barack Obama continues to deliver results that his electoral base likes:
“A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that the budget agreement that prevented a government shutdown is popular, with Americans supporting it by a 58 to 38 percent margin. But there’s a partisan divide, with two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of independent voters backing the deal, and Republicans divided.”
It’s important for people to be clear on the asymmetries of American politics. Strongly identified conservatives are the base of the Republican Party, in a way that strongly identified progressives just aren’t the base of the Democratic Party. My guess is that just about anything Barack Obama does will be met with approval by most Democrats. Naturally that ends up skewing the landscape in terms of outcomes.