(Newser) – Barack Obama’s cabinet picks have elicited howls from the political left, but he won’t sell out his progressive supporters, E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes in The New Republic. First off, Obama never was a true economic leftie—that was John Edwards’ role. But like John F. Kennedy 45 years ago, Obama will probably push a progressive agenda through a team that conservatives can accept.
Lefties in Congress still like him, too. Obama knows that “the country faces more problems than at anytime since 1933,” says liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders. Obama is also entering the White House as most of the country is leaning left; even conservatives want to partly socialize Wall Street these days. “Reality has moved left, particularly over the last six months,” Dionne writes.
Source New Republic
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Nov 18, 08 9:55 AM CST
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Nov 17, 08 9:35 AM CST
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Nov 9, 08 5:09 AM CST
Sorry, boomers, for taking so long to drop the cynicism and eye-rolling, writes Heather Havrilesky in Salon. But to those who “became rational adults at the exact moment a reckless frat boy boomer became president,” your generation’s idealism and tales of ’60s radicalism fell flat, she spills. Barack Obama’s win changed that. Gen X’ers get it now, understanding “there’s no shame in throwing ourselves into this new future with full hearts, with tears in our eyes.” More »
Nov 8, 08 6:35 AM CST
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