Lambert doesn’t like what Matt Stoller saying about how Obama ran his campaign and how he’s now consolidating power. He thinks Matt’s kissing Obama’s boots.
What Matt is saying is simple:
Obama is taking over the party and cutting out everyone who isn’t in his camp. He believes in post-partisanship (this doesn’t contradict having Daschle as your bud, y’know). Money flow is going to come mostly from Obama going forward, unless he loses the election. The independents-folks like MoveOn, ActBlue, the netroots, etc… are being cut out or marginalized, whether they realize it or not (and I know that some don’t.) Obama doesn’t feel he really needed them (sorry MoveOn), and he isn’t planning on giving them any real say or power.
(As an aside, this is especially true of the Netroots. Give Kos and co. credit. When they went fullbore Obama it sure wasn’t because Obama gave a damn about what they thought. Quite the contrary.)
So Matt, seeing that Obama is going to be in charge, and is going to be controlling money and access is hoping that Obama is going to turn out to be a good president who really can make things like “post partisanship” work. And he’s saying that progressives should do everything they can to try and help (read: convince) Obama to actually rule America as a progressive.
I personally doubt Obama cares one whit about what anybody in the blogosphere thinks about anything, or what most progressives and liberals think.
But my bottom line is simpler. Obama isn’t John McCain, and that’s all I really expected out of either Obama or Clinton. Anyone who expects much more, I predict, is going to be disillusioned. Within a year of Obama getting in power, progressives and liberals will feel about him the way they do today about Pelosi and Reid.
But at least he might stop torturing people; probably won’t invade Iran, and won’t appoint an Alito clone to the Supreme Court. You take what you can get.
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