Just before New Years of 2009, the progressive PAC, MoveOn, took a poll. Eagerly awaiting the inauguration of the man they had worked so hard to elect, who they were certain would usher in an era of miraculous Change in America, MoveOn asked its five million members to select the four top goals for the obama administration. Here’s what they came up with:
#1 Universal Health Care
#2 Economic Recovery and Job Creation
#3 Build a Green Economy / Stop Climate Change
#4 End the War in Iraq
It’s no coincidence that the goals most important to MoveOnians were the same ones obama had most frequently and emphatically promised to focus on — that’s why MoveOn campaigned so zealously for him. Fifteen months have since passed, and all four of these goals have been shot down in flames:
• It took only a few of obama’s first hundred days to discover that his Iraq policy was going to be a carbon copy of Shrub’s;
• The green economy received a few speeches and little else, while a reluctant and ineffectual overnighter to Copenhagen was the best the slacker-in-chief could manage for climate change;
• Despite obscene handouts to corporations, the economy remains listless. The administration proudly reported we had actually experienced a “jobless recovery” — a comfort, no doubt, to all those unemployed who’ll soon be receiving moneyless paychecks;
• Even before the plan for healthcare reform left the White House, it was stillborn. Nothing more than a sell-out to big pharma and the insurance lobby, obama’s bill ought to die but, like some manure pile that’s caught fire, it continues to smolder and stink, while no one can figure out how to put it out.
Surely MoveOn ought to be greatly disappointed, angry even, at how their Chosen One has failed them. Inexplicably, they do not hold obama accountable. They’ve blamed Joe Lieberman, they’ve blamed Blue Dogs and Republicans. They’ve blamed Geithner, Rahm, and they probably blame Bo, the First Family’s purebred Portuguese water dog, for giving his master bad advice, too.
Poor MoveOn — they just can’t accept that they fell in love with a compulsive liar. It’s no surprise, really, that an organization that devotes most of its energies to printing hand-held slogans would fall for a mellifluous charlatan whose credentials were limited to the words “Hope” and “Change.”
But now it’s time to move on, MoveOn. Time to stop being a codependent. Face it — your boyfriend is a manipulative, untrustworthy shit. Dump him.
And you need to stop rushing into these unhealthy relationships with shady characters, MoveOn. No more Howard Deans or Jon Edwards. Get to know the person first, meet their family, examine their voting record.
And for godsakes, make some bigger signs!
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MoveOn should join with other progressive organizations to call for Barack Obama’s immediate resignation.
If they were true to their espoused principles, they would. But they’re still suffering from battered voter syndrome.