Obama in Rolling Stone: Dems Need to “buck up”


    I strongly agree with President Obama’s comments in Rolling Stone. I also agree with the Joe Biden version“stop whining!” Unless, that is, you’d prefer to see the country run by a bunch of climate-change-denying, health-care-repealing, middle-class-crushing, Social Security-destroying right wing nutjobs led by Eric Can’tor and John BONER.  Oh yeah, that sounds reeeeeaaaaally great. Not.

    “One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.

    The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.

    “Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.

    “We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.

    “If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.

    Preach it, brother!

    • Jim B

      We Virginians sat out the election and what did we get? A Pat Robertson disciple for Gov. and a nut case for AG. Maybe the dems didn’t do all we wanted, but to allow the repugs to take over the house or senate will be catastrophe. In 94 when the repugs took over the house there were a number of moderates and their “contract on America” didn’t work out too good for them. This time some of their crazies actually know how to scam the system and will probably follow through on shutting down the government or defunding programs and conducting more witch hunts then they did with Clinton.

    • Jim B

      I read some blogs like Firedoglake and I don’t see anything help full towards democrats. My perspective is some of these folks are still pissed at Obama and don’t seem to care if the repugs take over.

    • tentwenty

      It’s going to make them resent you and want to see them fail.  If that is what the administration intends to do then they should definitely keep the hits coming.

      I thought Democrats weren’t supposed to rely on fear to win elections?  Is this what we have come to?

      My senator today just voted against a bill that would penalize organizations who export jobs overseas.  Senator Warner faces no election for another 4 years, and yet he voted to sustain a Republican filibuster against Democratic legislation, which would hold corporations that export jobs overseas accountable.

      In four years should I vote for Warner who will vote to filibuster his own party’s legislation with no detailed explanation, or should I vote for him because the Republican will be worse?  Neither option could possibly energize any voter who wishes to hold their legislators accountable.  

      If the leadership wants to double down and chastise us who are feeling betrayed by their votes and policies, they are just further cementing voter unenthusiasm.