Tuesday, December 15, 2009

One more gripe

Okay, so I've been annoyed at online progressives recently. I don't fault them for wanting more on any number of issues--so do I. But this gets to the root of the problem: "Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate... They're still trying to stick us with the mandate, right? Another government bailout of a broken industry."

I just remember two years ago when Obama's lack of a mandate was taken as proof by many (like Paul Krugman, notably) that he wasn't a real progressive. Now it's the opposite. These people are reacting just as emotionally as the right wing, along with the concordant lack of priorities or perspective.

And I say, good. Because if health care is seen as a disappointment by liberal bloggers, it might just satisfy Joe Lieberman enough for now.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.