Left And Right Politics

…plus the cream in the center.

Just like we PUMA‘s have been saying all along…..Obama’s only in it for himself. He said whatever he needed to say and used whoever he needed to use to get himself elected.


Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.

The central premise of the left’s criticism is direct – don’t bite the hand that feeds, Mr. President-elect. The Internet that helped him so much during the election is lighting up with irritation and critiques.

“There don’t seem to be any liberals in Obama’s cabinet,” writes John Aravosis, the editor of “What does all of this mean for Obama’s policies, and just as important, Obama Supreme Court announcements?”

“Actually, it reminds me a bit of the campaign, at least the beginning and the middle, when the Obama campaign didn’t seem particularly interested in reaching out to progressives,” Aravosis continues. “Once they realized that in order to win they needed to marshal everyone on their side, the reaching out began. I hope we’re not seeing a similar ‘we can do it alone’ approach in the transition team.”

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  1. Holly Barton Says:

    Yes, I agree that disapointment pervades the since Obama began appointing his cabinet. Through his campaign, e never hinted at – nor woul dany of us ever have guessed- his idea of moving backwards into the Clinton years.
    Now, it seems, the Repubs. have already placed themselves in the cat-bird seat (e.g. social reform: see Holly Foote Baird on She sees to have taken the route of many conservatives and is lobbying for social “moderation” as a means to the the GOP back into the White house…and Obama is not even in it yet!
    Let’s sit back and wait…no need to panick yet…but I say, let the Right wing stay what they are, and the truth shall set us free!
    Holly Barton, High Point, NC

    Posted on January 17th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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