Some friends have written, concerned that progressives are threatening to cause so much trouble that it will open the door to a Right-wing victory, at least in the House, come November.
I am not exactly overwhelmed with the spinelessness of the Democrats who have had 60 seats in the Senate for most of the past two years and a huge majority in the House. But I too would not look forward to a return of the Right-wing to power in Congress next year.
But who is setting the country up for this?
If thousands of progressive voters stay home in a dozen or so states come November, why would that be?
In 2008 did we vote for a never-ending war in Iraq (yes, we’re still there) and Afghanistan?
Did we vote for a Department of Education run by a crony of Mayor Daley with policies dictated by Wall Street hedge fund managers and members of the Billionaire Boys Club?
Did we vote for an Oval Office crew of white boys who rush to judgement in firing heroes of the Civil Rights Movement out of fear of what loony Glenn Beck would say?
Did we vote for a president who would applaud the firing of all 100 union teachers in a Rhode Island high school with no due process?
Or who would explain his failure to act quickly to the Gulf eco-disaster because he actually believed the promises of BP?
This is not to say that one could not construct a list of progressive actions that the president has taken over the past two years. But the list is short.
And so is time to turn things around.