09/02/2011 06:35 pm ET | Updated Nov 02, 2011


If he couldn't do it, who will?

Obama was -- and still is -- the Democrats' (and by extension all Americans) best hope to combat the corrosive Right Wing agenda of decimating the middle class and privatizing, well, everything.

But as disappointment grows from the Left at what it sees to be an utter lack of gumption (either that or some conspiracy theory about his complicity -- forced or otherwise -- with the corporate overlords who really run things) there has not emerged a viable progressive alternative to the fatally hamstrung president, a candidate who will be able to get across the nation-healing agenda that the Left is so desperate to enact.

But is Obama, once the world's bright light of hope and change, now really a capon?

After a moment's ponderation, something that is in itself considered a quaint throwback to the days of test patterns and telegrams, any perceived disappointment is revealed to be yet another insidious trope contrived by Republican word-doctors and strategists.

Here's a president who (yes, it still needs to be said) was handed the worst set of economic circumstances from which to divine a recovery, on whose watch Osama bin Laden was eliminated and the Arab Spring sprung, who repealed DADT, provided the Department of Veterans Affairs $1.4 billion to improve services to veterans, signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, repealed Bush-era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, championed and pushed through Health Care Reform, increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act, increased funding for national parks and forests, cut prescription costs for Medicare patients by 50%, created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during the entire Bush term, signed a new START Treaty, provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, etc., etc., etc. And the work is by no means complete.

And all this while a full-throttled hate machine bent on preventing him from governing at all churns out propaganda, lies and obstruction, is funded by Right Wing billionaire zealots who have little compunction about rubbing elbows with religious extremists and fringe lunatics, create and promote sociopolitical and cultural mayhem and who care fuck-all for the public in whose name they claim to be working. And the Left, in a Standard-Operating-Procedure show of shooting off its toes while shooting off its mouth, is ready to repeal support of Obama if he doesn't blah-blah-blah. By harnessing the exasperated rolling of eyeballs at this imminently avoidable (but certain to occur) blunder, our nation's energy needs would be well seen to.

Well, then, fine. So who will it be?