Monday, December 8, 2008

Politico: Liberals Are Voicing Concern About Obama

Posted by Teresa at 11:02 AM
Politico's headline labels the people worried about President-elect Obama's
appointments as "liberals." I would be more exact. The people who don't like
President-elect Obama's selections are not "liberals" but leftists. FDR was a
liberal. Bill Clinton is a liberal. The folks of Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
are way to the left of FDR and Bill Clinton. So I don't think liberals are concerned
with Obama's appointments, it's the leftist that are upset.

A snippet from the article:

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

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive
plea: “Isn't there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic

Obama should just ignore them. The leftist are never going to be happy unless
America looks exactly like Canada or France. Don't get me wrong, I like Canada
and France just fine. However, America is a different animal and we must keep
our uniqueness.

In related articles: Here's a NPR segment on the same topic.
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