gotta crawl before you can walk

today in winant-love:

The goals of Wilson and Truman weren’t particularly noble, but that’s not the point. This is: the process of attaining difficult political goals sometimes involves a bitter and futile-seeming first act. It’s not that political martyrdom somehow earns the public’s trust. It’s that the sooner we start talking honestly, the better. This was part of Obama’s basic promise as a candidate. Now’s the time to live up to it.

So when Obama said, last night, that he’s open to all ideas and looks forward to working with both parties, he’s not only lying — the GOP has nothing of substance to offer here — he’s not even achieving a valuable strategic gain by appearing bipartisan and lofty. If progressives are going to win on climate change, then what the public needs to hear is this: we know roughly what kind of action is required to prevent climate disaster. We can choose to do it or not. But in the likely event that we choose not to, we’ll be having this argument again pretty soon, after things have gotten worse.

in only marginally related news, it strikes me that writing is a skill, and if i want to be good at it, i’m going to have to actually work at it. damn.

1 comment
  1. fauxpopuli said:

    Ehh, being good is hard. I’ll settle for being loud and vulgar.

    Seriously though this brings to mind a comment I saw today on some blog or other. Basically- Obama’s default position is to concede that the Republicans have good intentions and ideas worth considering. Obviously they do not, so he ends up giving them cover. The idea that he’s too dense to realize this is happening is getting less and less credible as time goes on and I can’t help but wonder if he is in fact just running interference for Big Nasty Corporations or whatever. I mean, when he got rolled on the stimulus he said something to the effect of, “I’d like their cooperation but I wasn’t born yesterday. We’re not going to let this keep happening.” Yeah great. Now where, at any point, has he made any attempt to draw a line in the sand whatsoever? The only thing I can think of him putting his foot down on was when some of the Dem Senators started toying with the idea of shooting down Bernanke’s renomination. The President got a fire under his ass and made that shit go away right quick, but other than that…? Am I forgetting other examples? I mean I’m not trying to be unfair about it, but that’s really the only one I can think of.

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