We didn't elect this administration to accept the Washington status quo as reality. We elected them to challenge that reality. And it seems like, on that count, they didn't even try. That's what we're so disappointed by.
Robert Gibbs went off the other day on the "professional left" which is never satisfied. The president's poll numbers stink. The economy is going south. Tempers are short. But really. The left is pushing the president from the left? The horror.
While the direction of Obama's presidency may be difficult to explain, it has demonstrated the narrow bandwidth in which American politics occurs: a very limited policy space ranging from the center to the right.
Beware the myth of the monolith -- we netroots activists come from all walks of American life to do the hard work of creating harmony from cacophony in a tradition as patriotic as our country's motto, E Pluribus Unum.
The Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist body in the United States, is about to restart its LA local. Since the 1990s there has been no DSA unit in Tinseltown, despite the city's liberal stereotype.
We're going to have to bring our revenues and our spending in line in the long-term. But to drop every other consideration because we supposedly can't afford to help our own neighbors is absurd and unfair.
The polling business is far more of an art than a science, and is easily manipulated. Even so, a poll recently released by Third Way -- seemingly designed to try and talk Democrats out of using populist rhetoric -- is nothing short of malpractice.
There is one thing President Obama can do is stand for something worthwhile, and fight for those principles tooth and nail. The real Obama paradox is why that hasn't happened when it's good policy and good politics.
Carrion's departure leaves the Office of Urban Affairs at a crossroads. Without a formal leader, the Office is at risk of being lost in a White House filled with powerful figures and, as will always be the case, competing priorities.