While there is a growing progressive trend supporting vetoes of radical right-wing legislation, there is a definite backlash against centrist, populist, Blue Dog-style Democrats in North Carolina and all across the South.
Blaming the Administration alone for progressives' woes misses the point and risks masking a far greater problem for the left: we put too much hope in one person, the president, because we don't yet have a strong and substantive movement.
Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.
I predict the naked power grab by the Republican party in Wisconsin will go down in history as the second "shot heard 'round the world" which began the second American Revolution. Except it won't be a revolution. It will be a transformation.
Without any real opposition aimed at the slash-and-burn insanity on Capitol Hill, it might already be too late and the budgets for some of the most critical government services are nearly beyond resuscitation.
Republicans claim to value the military, but it appears that many don't actually respect what the military values. If they did, they would be crawling over each other to understand and bolster our non-military, diplomatic security programs.
Welcome to our planet, circa 2011, a planet that, like some unruly adolescent, has decided to test the boundaries. For two centuries now we've been burning coal and oil and gas, thus pouring carbon into the atmosphere. And now we're getting pinched.
President Obama reaffirmed his economic philosophy in the State of the Union address -- a government that works, invests, delivers opportunity, and that we can believe in. It is a lean government, not a big government.
No president has ever won re-election with an estranged base, because it is a president's base that fights his battles for him. Mr. President, you can get your base back and you need to. If you show you are on our side, we will be on yours.
Even with the bitter defeat of the DREAM Act, progressives need to take a moment here at the end of this tough year and celebrate the end of DADT. As MLK liked to remind us, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it curves toward justice.
The volume of progressive moping lately has been staggering -- otherwise sane progressives vowing to not vote in 2012 or to somehow conjure up a viable primary challenger is a great way to elect Awful Republican President X.
The right's twist of history to please its backers and fuel its agenda is a vigorous enterprise. Serious history, serious scholarship and serious discussion of facts and ideas are dismissed with tunnel vision.