David Sirota: Beto O'Rourke is the NEW Obama. And That's The LAST THING We Need

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    • #3812
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      David Sirota: Beto O’Rourke is the NEW Obama. And That’s The LAST THING We Need


      ”…Perhaps the fuzziness around O’Rourke’s political positions isn’t a mistake. Maybe it is designed to obscure facts about his record that may prove to be inconvenient in a Democratic primary. After all, this is a lawmaker who abruptly backed off unequivocally supporting Medicare for All, aligned himself with the party’s Wall Street faction, voted to gut financial regulations, supported Republican-crafted tax cuts, boosted the fossil fuel industry – and then broke his own pledge to reject donations from oil and gas executives…”


      “…The alluring idea is that we never actually have to answer that haunting question of labor lore: “Which side are you on?” Obamaism leads us to believe that we do not need to choose, and that we can actually have it all – as long as we always make sure to line up behind policies that appease the super-wealthy. It is, in other words, the ideology undergirding the argument recently put forward by former vice-president, Joe Biden, who insisted: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble … the folks at the top aren’t bad guys.” It is easy to understand the political utility of this third-way legend: it lets Democrats continue raising gobs of cash from satisfied corporate donors and moguls, and it at least provides voters with more palatable rhetoric than what the Republican party offers. And yet the record of third-way policies over the past few years have made painfully clear that Obamaism’s refusal to choose a side can be a nihilistic choice unto itself…”



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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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      Thom Paine
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      And I don’t like the Guardian.


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      Hopefully no one will ask me to be “pragmatic”  and vote for the blue no matter who.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

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      is progressive and therefore he doesn’t have to run: my guess is Gillibrand or Sherrod Brown next, and maybe a desperate feint to Warren knowing she won’t let herself get burned again

      they know they don’t have enough donuts and bots to stop a Sanders run against even Biden the moment MBNA Joe opens his mouth and starts demanding we reinvade Syria to “uphold our commitments” and “ensure that those who died didn’t do so in vain”

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      decide not to run because he is too corrupt, Obama moved to future neoliberal Beto, because he isn’t corrupted enough yet and still has time to wow people with his alleged charisma, good looks, and skateboarding prowess.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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