Is Barack Obama’s victory alone a cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome?
According to Andie Coller at Politico, the lovely, cheery folks at MoveOn.org seem to think so. Apparently, at a recent meeting of the minds (or lack thereof), the higher-ups at the radical left-wing organization decided to cull many of the driving forces and motivations behind their–hold for sarcasm–uplifting and optimistic activist ways. From the article:
Last week, the group’s members chose their top four priorities for the organization, winnowed down from a top-10 list culled from 50,000 suggestions. The decisions they weighed would determine in large part whether the group would become a friend or foe of the Obama administration, a player or a gadfly in progressive politics, a piece of the Democratic machine or a thorn in the party’s side.
What they chose: universal health care; economic recovery and job creation; building a green economy; stopping climate change; and end the war in Iraq.
What they didn’t: holding the Bush administration accountable; fighting for gay rights and LGBT equality; and reforming campaigns and elections.
Methinks the people at MoveOn have grossly underestimated the bitterness found just beneath the gritty, rarely-showered surface of so many of those on the American political left. It can be seen in the occasional weather- and time-washed “Kerry/Edwards” and “Gore/Lieberman” stickers found still clinging to the rear bumpers of Volvo and Subaru wagons in the American northeast and northwest and selected pockets inbetween. It can be heard in line at the local Starbucks or Trader Joe’s (which I love, by the way) or health food store. It can be found in any given classroom on any given educational level on any given school day. Find a liberal, ask them about any topic, and watch as it gets traced back, somehow, to the Bush administration and its “lies,” “failed policies” and “endless war.”
Of course, not all left-leaning folks are so afflicted by Bush Derangement Syndrome, just like certainly not all are anything but often-showered. Still, even I found myself amazed this past summer when I exchanged e-mails with a very nice, very reasonable, longtime liberal friend who had just rented a Ford Escape hybrid while on vacation with his wife and children in northern California — in the course of one short paragraph, his description of the vehicle’s versatility and its excellent gas mileage descended into “Dick Cheney is pure, unadulterated evil.”
This sort of hatred certainly sank one presidential candidate this year, and it may very well have elected another. It took people who couldn’t name a single politician’s stance on a single political issue, yet cast their vote nonetheless against an administration not even on the ballot. This sort of hatred became a political platform in itself in 2008, and this sort of hatred doesn’t go away easily.
Even if MoveOn.org does indeed restrict itself to the few priorities decided upon in that recent meeting, even if the group does limit its venom and vitriol to universal health care, to employment, to the farce that is global warming and to waving the white flag in the Global War on Terror, I fail to see how they’ll possibly be able to avoid tying each and every issue to the perceived indiscretions of President George W. Bush.
A little less than four years from now, when we’re preparing to fight President Barack Obama and his reelection hopes, we’ll see just how much of his own failure to properly address the problems facing this country will be blamed upon the current state of affairs handed over to him by the 43rd president of the United States during the days, weeks and months we’re living now.