So Obamabots are silencing the left.
This was news to me; I've read plenty of criticisms of Obama's health care plan, even from fairly mainstream liberal sources like Pandagon, but never mind. The point is that Reclusive Leftist is now into its "we were never right-wing" phase, which is either a sign of improvement (Violet Socks is even coming out as pro-choice again, sort of) or a sign of ever-deepening delusion.
Part of the blame lies with Republican propagandists, who — hilariously — have chosen to depict Obama as a commie pinko leftist who wants to turn the U.S. into a socialist utopia. (If only.) The charge is especially ludicrous since Obama is just about the most Republican-friendly Democrat around. Of the three major Democratic presidential candidates last year, he was easily the most conservative, and his administration has proven to be a corporatist Republican’s dream-come-true.
But opposition propaganda from the GOP isn’t tethered to reality and never has been; John Kerry was called a socialist too. That’s how wingnuttery works...
Yes, and that's how Violet's girlcrush Sarah Palin works, too, with all that talk of small government and whatnot, but we're not going to think about that right now. Because wingnuts always
demonize Democrats as communists, the logic goes, their opposition to a health care plan can't really have an effect, because it's just always there, like gravity or something, and you learn to adjust to it. Or you join in! Either way.
No, the real
problem is -- can you guess? -- Obots!
With Obama, though, there’s another factor: his own rabid fan-base. By elevating this rather centrist Democrat to the status of progressive icon, and ignoring or mischaracterizing any substantive criticism of him from the left, Obama’s Democratic supporters have effectively created the myth that Obama is the ne plus ultra of liberalism.
I have no doubt that there are Democrats who think that, but I certainly didn't think that and neither did most people I know who voted for Obama. I think a great number of Obama supporters were being more pragmatic than that. And a lot of the enthusiasm over Obama has to do with the enormous anger, frustration and despair that built up among progressive people during the Bush years. There was talk of a permanent Republican majority not that long ago.
I’ve heard stories from other people who were also branded wingnuts and crypto-Republicans when they, too, offered a leftist or feminist critique of Obama. There seems to be a concerted effort by Obama’s supporters to pretend that only far-right racists and freakazoids could possibly have a problem with Our Barry. Certainly that was rife before the election, when PUMAs were regularly slandered as GOP ratfuckers. In fact, most PUMAs I knew were staunch feminists and Democrats who were appalled by Obama’s sexism, corruption, and pseudo-Republicanism.
Bullshit, bullshit, and more bullshit. Staunch feminists and Democrats don't fight sexism by voting for "Marvellous Ape" McCain and they don't fight pseudo-Republicanism by voting for actual Republicanism. Violet Socks' most frequent commenters went overwhelmingly for McCain/Palin; Violet herself may have voted Green, but she spent much, much
more of her time praising and defending Sarah Palin (her "kin", her "Annie Get Your Gun", her "conservative feminist" "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington", etc.) than she spent promoting Cynthia McKinney. In fact, as I recall, she hardly mentioned McKinney the entire time Palin was running.
Obama hasn’t tried. He’s been in Republican-lite mode all along. There’s no battle here for the soul of America, no brave struggle to remake our society and economy, no reversal of the Bush Era abuses. There’s just good old Barry and the status quo.
Which means it’s up to progressive activists to push for reform, but — oops! They’ve all been co-opted into cheerleading for Obama, no matter how unprogressive his policies.
There is some truth to this charge, although again, mainstream progressives have not "all" been co-opted, which VS would know if she took her fingers out of her ears and stopped screaming "I hate Obama, I hate him, I hate him I hate him I hate him" for three seconds. Glenn Greenwald, for example, has been documenting the Obama administration's secrecy and various violations of international law; Pam Spaulding has had angry words to say about the lack of movement on LGBT issues; plenty of pro-choice feminists have called out the "common ground" babble that appeared around the time of the Notre Dame convocation and the murder of Dr. George Tiller. This is just off the very top of my head; feel free to mention more in comments if you like.
Furthermore, Violet Socks' credibility in making
this charge is approximately nil. There is, as I've observed before, absolutely nothing the Obama administration can do that would satisfy Violet Socks and her crew, because that group has nothing in common but hatred of Obama.
When you openly invite anti-choice and fiscally right-wing women to join your little group of Feminists Against Obama, it makes no sense to follow that up by complaining that Obama is a sexist because
he's anti-choice (or insufficiently pro-choice) and fiscally right-wing, or because he associates with people who are anti-choice and fiscally right-wing.
It seems that Violet's PUMA clique has shrunk a bit; I've noticed from reading her on the Feministblogs feed that she's back to openly dissing "godbags" and the like, which means her anti-choice Christian fans have probably gone bye-bye, and perhaps some people who voted for McCain out of spite have got over it and moved on. It will be interesting to see who she's left with, in the long run; I expect it'll be a bunch of Trotskyist feminists (we must strengthen teh patriarkee to bring about teh REVOLUSHUN!!!!) and a small clique of politically clueless, vaguely dissatisfied white women, just now getting outraged about stuff that happened in 2002.