The Obama Oracles
September 26, 2011 4:35 PM Subscribe
Reed's critique was that Obama was a false progressive, a triangulator, and a fundamentally establishment-leaning conservative who paid lip service to "community-based" solutions. As early as 1996, Reed had called state senator Obama a "a smooth Harvard lawyer with impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics." Even more prophetic, perhaps, was Matt Taibbi's piece in 2007, in which he wrote that Obama worked to appear as "a sort of ideological Universalist, one who spends a great deal of rhetorical energy showing that he recognizes the validity of all points of view, and conversely emphasizes that when he does take hard positions on issues, he often does so reluctantly," while espousing "basically a rehash of the Blair-Clinton "third way" deal, an amalgam of Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton and the New Deal... the middle of the middle of the middle." Maybe this should be instructive for progressives who are disillusioned with Obama; maybe he was, all along, as Taibbi said in 2007, "a creature perfectly in tune with the awesome corporate strivings of Hollywood, Madison avenue and the Beltway."
This post was deleted for the following reason: I feel like without some more clear "this is why this is an interesting post" reason for this to be here, a post about political opinioneering from last election cycle is setting up an argument kind of needlessly. -- cortex
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