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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

How ya like him now?

How's that political bargain looking now, my liberal friends?

Those on the left who were ready to string up Barack Obama because of the admittedly odious extension of the millionaires' tax cut are now celebrating repeal of an also odious vestige of discrimination in the military, don't ask, don't tell.

It's likely to be the final success of what history will acknowledge was an historic two-year session that included a landmark (if imperfect) health care reform law and a necessary (if imperfect) overhaul of financial industry regulation.

And let's not forget the helpful (if imperfect) stimulus bill that temporarily derailed the pain that now looms because liberals and progressives fought among ourselves and didn't focus on the Big Lie Party that wanted to only help Wall Street bonus babies and other millionaires.

They say campaigning is poetry and governing is prose. Obama did indeed fail to live up to the soaring rhetoric of 2008 that lulled many into believing change would happen overnight.

But change did come, too slow for some unaware of the reality of the political process. Let's hope the skill the White House team showed post-election continues in tempering a new, even more hostile Republican Party.

Otherwise there will be change all right, but one we can't believe in.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Read this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/15/opinion/15madoff.html

December 19, 2010 3:32 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Interesting idea, once you get past the author's name :-)

December 20, 2010 4:46 AM  

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