One term is too many

Shamelessly stolen from Legal Insurrection:

Progressive Harvard Law Prof: Obama “must be defeated”

“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” Roberto Unger, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama, said in a video posted on May 22. “He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.”

Unger said that Obama must lose the election in order for “the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life.”

He acknowledged that if a Republican wins the presidency, “there will be a cost … in judicial and administrative appointments.” But he said that “the risk of military adventurism” would be no worse under a Republican than under Obama, and that “the Democratic Party proposes no new direction.”


“He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.”
“He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money.”
“He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice.”
“He has reduced justice to charity.”
“He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.”
“He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle.”

I am a liberal Clinton Democrat. My opposition to Obama is not because he is a socialist or too left-wing. My opposition to Obama is based on the fact that he is a corrupt crony capitalist and a puppet of the wealthy special interests.

He sometimes talks like a Democrat, but he walks like a Republican.

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39 Responses to One term is too many

  1. Oswald says:

    Obama has taken the worst aspects of the Bush Administration (crony capitalism, imperial presidency) and made them Democratic policy.

    • jeffhas says:

      When even Republicans couldn’t stand those things.

      He actually gave the ground to them. Resurrecting what could have been a dead party.

      It’s breathtaking when you think about it… I just don’t believe it was planned this way – but if it were, you would have to praise the genius.

      • WMCB says:

        The mistake Obama made (one of many) was in assuming that if he copied Bushs crap, he’d keep some of the centrist R voters, as well as his own base. But he copied what GOP cronies liked about Bush, not the few things the people liked. People who don’t bother to listen to the R grassroots think Bush embodied everything they want . They are laughably misinformed.

        It’s a fundamental lack,of understanding of where the grassroots voters are in this country. BOTH sides of the grassroots despise the crony capitalists/ fascists.

      • I still believe that President Obama is Rove’s revenge.

    • r u reddy says:

      I have read “about” a book which I have never actually read, called
      The Mendacity of Hope. I gather the author argues that Obama did all this on purpose with malice aforethought, precisely to destroy the Democratic Party from within, and to destroy all hope of liberal government and/or policies. “Obama is the designated gravedigger of liberalism.”

  2. jeffhas says:

    I LOVE that they are coming with knives, and shovels to stab and bury this man.

    They won’t even run an opposing candidate – they WANT him to lose. They know history has to show him as a miserable failure so that he and those that supported him will fall from any authority forever and perhaps learn a greater lesson.

    This is becoming more than I could have hoped and dreamed for. I just wanted him to lose to bruise his ego because I thought he was a charlatan…. but to have Real Dems – and SO MANY realize this and come to aid his demise is just too-much-deliciousness.

    Thank you Dems – stop him at whatever cost…. it is the only way you might win me over again (although I will never again just blindly follow – and on some level, I am thankful for that as well.)

    Thank you Crawdad Hole – you’ve made it a pretty good Father’s Day – now I’m goin’ to a BBQ that someone is cookin’ for me.

    PS – I know it’s not over – the guy’s gonna have tons of money and backers that want him to win, but to see people call him out – it’s wonderful.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I wonder why BO wasn’t primaried either? The red flags were there, Pumas, Tea Party, Mid-terms 2010? The Scotts, Brown and Walker?

      It would have been a good year to pull a Teddy Kennedy. Or an RFK.

      Somethings up, either Obama wants to lose on purpose, or he knows he has nothing to worry about winning re-election. Yikes.

      • threewickets says:

        Nobody wants to be called a racist. Obsession with faux racism has become a permanent tumor in the nation’s political psyche. That’s what the Democratic Party has become…the party that accuses you of racism. Not sure what else it stands for anymore since Obama and Romney seem fairly interchangeable on most policy positions. And I mean they themselves are also very fungible. 🙂

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          That and the memory of Reagan both prevented Obama being primaried.

          ITA about the Dem party standing for faux racism now. So sad, since real, institutional racism still exists.

        • jeffhas says:

          Notice how the faux racism only comes from the ‘New Coalition’ of Dems? – Ed Rendell, Evan Bayh, etc. never protect Obama via Racism. There really is a schism… and the Working Class Coalition (Clinton Wing) seems to smell that the ‘new coalition’ has failed and that the Clinton wing will have to clean it up – in about 4 years…. and the new coalition will have to take a seat and get with the program – I mean, it’s not like they will have anywhere else to go.

  3. yes it is wonderful to see that koolaid wearing off. But there are still hardcore addicts yet to be cured……

    I doubt I’ll ever throw my support in for any party ever again. Burned once shame on you. Burned twice, shame on me.

    I badly want to see O lose. Hopefully this “Dream Act” immigration issue won’t burn the R’s. They aren’t sounding too good to me right now. Using children to get support (awwww—-poor little things) is a very effective tool. The R’s need to STFU on this one. Not a checkmate by any stretch, but a definite crafty move.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Note how O is moving up the hierarchy of diversity in his carefully crafted announcements. First it was women, but we got the negative message, which is appropriate, since we’re at the bottom of the foodchain in the prog diversity chain. Next came gays, now Latinos/Hispanics. If I’m reading this correctly, next up should be black Americans. I bet they get a negative message too, not because they’re unimportant, but because it’s effective. Dems don’t have to deliver anything to women and black Americans, because we’re already programmed for fear, at least in the minds of progressive Democrats. Someone should write a post about the disparate treatment oppressed groups get from the Democratic party. It’s the most telling part of their “commitment” to “equality”

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        I would also warn that this is the methodology that he used in 2008 in terms of approaching constituencies he must win, only in reverse. First it was anti-gay blacks he dog-whistled too, then black mothers, then emergent Christians, then the creative classes. At the same time he was tossing other traditional constituencies under the bus, starting with gays, then older white women, then middle-earning to poor white males, etc.

        Don’t be fooled; it could work again, especially if something hugely symbolic happens. Did I mention Rodney King died today?

      • WMCB says:

        I would argue that he already launched his salvo at blacks with his ridiculous “we’ve got your back” radio ad. Notice that the message is not that he has YOUR back. You have to protect HIS back. The message is that if you don’t, you are not black at all. He’s a stand-in for all black victimization, despite being the most powerful man in the free world, and if you don’t “protect” him, well, you may as well go join the KKK.

        The manipulations and calculated divisiveness of the Dem party is one of their ugliest, nastiest aspects. And once seen, you can’t unsee it.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          I consider that part of his constant marketing efforts. That’s boilerplate. What I mean is something BIG, like a media campaign (war on women), a cultural announcement (supports gay marriage), or a policy change (DREAMers & EO). The seeds of it might already be sprouting somewhere, perhaps in the planned protest of Romney in Philly, or the trajectory of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. I don’t know. But a commercial campaign ain’t it, of that much I’m sure.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          It could also be a dog whistle, like McClurkin or that whistle he threw out to black mothers in the NC debate. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be big if it was dog whistley.

        • melisshka says:

          “The manipulations and calculated divisiveness of the Dem party is one of their ugliest, nastiest aspects. And once seen, you can’t unsee it.”

          I agree with you completely on this, however I’m veering slightly off topic. I’ve had similar discussions with my boyfriend who has been very trusting and supportive of Obama.(At least until this immigration stunt, BF is legal immigrant from Morocco, but it took quite a while and a decent amount of $$ for him to get his green card and he doesn’t like this executive order at all) We talk about how the media carries water for the administration and not only spins everything in a positive way for Obama, but fails to report stories entirely. He doesn’t see it, but he regurgitates all the administration talking points. I told him that now that my eyes are open (to the media), I can’t close them again. Now that I see how things really are, I can’t go back. I know it sounds totally melodramatic, but that’s how I feel about it. And I understand that’s basically what you’re saying. Not exactly in regard to the same thing, but the same idea. Once your eyes have been opened to how something (anything really) works, you can’t not see.

        • WMCB says:

          Exactly, melisshka. One of the ways they easily manipulate is that people DO care. So it becomes: ” If you care about black people, then you agree with policy A. If you care about immigrants, then you agree with policy B.”

          Once you see through the manipulations, and realize that whether or not you think this or that approach/policy is feasible, effective, or even constitutional, has jack shit to do with whether you are a caring, equality-loving human being, the power to manipulate you disappears.

          The R’s do it too, in different areas.

          “Support X policy or you hate poor people” is not really any different than “Support X policy, or you love terrorists.”

      • someone=you Lola? It would be a great piece!!

    • jeffhas says:

      Now there you just went and harshed my mellow…

      That’s OK – I’m still gonna keep my rose-colored glasses on for today… Monday, back to reality again.

  4. threewickets says:

    Interesting video. Man is definitely a real progressive. Personally don’t agree with him that taxing everyone up the wazoo right now is the way to get the economy back on track. That would be the old school socialist prescription, and I don’t think even the guys at FDL or even Bernie Sanders woud call for that. I’m always surprised by legal scholars on public policy who don’t seem to realize that 80% of the economy is in the private sector and that the government’s power and/or control over the entire economy is limited, as it should be. Other than that, I liked his rant very much. 🙂

  5. SHV says:

    “My opposition to Obama is not because he is a socialist or too left-wing.”
    That was/is the genius behind the hundreds of millions of dollars that Obama got from Wall Street, Banks. They got paid back with 16+ trillion and could call his policies “socialism”. Fucking brilliant!!!

    Real socialists have always despised Obama; just read WSWS or BAR.

  6. yttik says:

    “One term too many”

    Oh come on, what’s not to like about complete economic disaster, endless wars, and massive unemployment?

    • DandyTiger says:

      My favorite: more wars, continued rendition and torture, no strings attached bailouts for banks and wall street, and of course, drum roll, the end of habeas corpus. woohoo! And icing on the cake, complete ruination of the liberal and Democratic Party brands. Though to be fair, the Dem party, esp. the super delegates, did the last one to themselves by selecting the idiot empty suit.

      All in all, hellofajob Nancy, Harry, etc. You know who you are. And a special thanks to the late Teddy and most of the Kennedy’s save many on the RFK side of the family, who stuck with Hillary.

    • angienc says:

      what’s not to like about complete economic disaster, endless wars, and massive unemployment?

      Consider that stolen.

  7. “My opposition to Obama is based on the fact that he is a corrupt crony capitalist and a puppet of the wealthy special interests.”
    Bingo. Well stated, myiq…and love the picture.

  8. lyn5 says:

    Well, I opposed Obama because he was not Hillary Clinton. If the 18 million supporters of Hillary would have stayed home or voted for McCain/Palin, Obama would not be president. I hope those who voted for Obama realize that he does not deserve a second term. I am so ready for the first Mormon president.

    • DandyTiger says:

      It would be historic. 🙂

    • Pips says:

      What really surprised and disappointed me about Hillary Clinton’s 18 million was how so many of them (at least going by the number of comments on blogs) voted for Obama in the GE regardless. Because: “Hillary told me to.”

      I would have expected those who saw through Obama from the very start and had rejected him, to continue to be independent when it came to voting. And not let a politician decide for them. Not even a politician they liked.

  9. HELENK says:

    the harm of backtrack is beyond party lines. He is a danger to my country and I hope that the citizens of this country wake up to that fact.
    As a former democrat what happened in 2008 was a crime and basically nullified 18 million votes. The democratic party sold its soul pretty cheaply. The Republican party is not the be all of wonderfulness but can be a weapon to stop the downward spiral that backtrack is sending this county on.
    I would like to see a third party that takes the best of the two existing parties and leads this country to continue to be one of the greatest nations on earth

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Sidebar: Could be a coincidence, but while over 200 police were pulled from the Chicago streets to protect Preezy and Wheezy at the ValJar wedding….,0,3096087.story

    • leslie says:

      Sadly, Denise, it is a coincidence. This morning, a news story reported that a 34 year old man was stabbed to death – just a few blocks south of where I live. (I live just NORTH of the city. And a few weeks ago, there was a shooting at the train station I use for my daily commute,) Things are getting uglier and uglier and closer and closer to me. I guess it’s called affirmative action gangbanging.

  11. Lulu says:

    “A song to the Leaker-in-Chief from America’s friends, based on the immortal song of Ben E. King, “Stand by Me.”
    Produced by Latma, Israel’s premiere satire group

    This might be funny if it wasn’t so true and awful. The Leaker-in-Chief comes before anyone else on earth.

  12. driguana says:

    You’re being polite, myiq,…fact is, Obama is a complete phony.

  13. blowme0bama says:

    That guy is a loon, but whatever reason anyone can come up with not to vote for Zero is fine by me.

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