Something has to change, and in my view, it's the people on the left who must start that change ball rolling. They have the power to make Obama's rhetoric a reality, if they stop pretending they have a mandate, and start acting like an oppressed minority fighting for their very survival. Because that's exactly what we are. Democrats and liberals elected Obama to lead us through this thicket of insanity, largely created by Republicans over the past 30 years. He was never my first choice, and he's far from perfect, but our system rewards determination and political craft. He is where he is, and he got there when others failed, and we all helped him get this damned coaching gig. Yet, despite lots of post-election cheer leading and breast beating, the fact is, the coach got saddled with a team of Bad News Bears: a shaky, underfunded, under institutionalized, rag-tag bunch of progressive enthusiasts wearing scrappy uniforms and fielding second-hand equipment held together with duct tape and baling wire.
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