|(2) Allowing Discussion of Solutions that Could Work
Still, the Obama Administration does have to appease the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party every once in a blue moon. And so there are times when we are at least allowed to discuss these sorts of ideas.
But ever since they said they wanted to hear what people think, and up popped war crimes investigations and decriminalization of marijuana... not so much.
The thing about discussing solutions that could work, is that once they get going, you begin to get the sense that all the other "solutions" you keep hearing about are actually making things worse-often spectacularly so. And we can't have that!
(3) Promoting Discussion of Solutions that Could Work
This is where I think that the average enthusiastic Obama supporter outside of Versailles expected Obama to operate at a bare minimum.
Of course Obama would have to compromise, and the vast majority of his fanatic legions seemed to forever dismiss the idea of actually doing really big things, but at least everyone seemed to think that he was a really smart guy, and would at least get us started on the path of talking about things that could work, as opposed to hunting for non-existent WMDs belonging to the arch-enemy of the guy who attacked us on 9/11.
(4) Actively Endorsing Solutions that Could Work
This is where candidate Obama occasionally showed up during the primary campaign. Adding to his credibility, it's where he'd camped out for some time earlier in his political career. Opposing "dumb wars", and not being afraid to call them that, supporting single-payer health care and Palestinian rights. These were not the cutting edge solutions to tomorrow's problems so much as simply playing catch-up with reality after 30 years of recess, but they certainly represented an encouraging place to start, if you didn't notice the other signs that this was as good as it would ever get.
(5) Fighting Tooth and Nail for Solutions that Could Work
"Fierce advocate for gay rights", anyone?
You don't have to win the right battle. You have to fight the right battle. If you fight the right battle, that in itself ensures victory. Sometimes, even without having to fight. Re-read Sun Tzu enough times, and you'll realize that he and Martin Luther King agree 100% on this.
(6) Passing Legislation and Implementing Solutions that Could Work
This is not utopia. This is what governing is supposed to be all about. Filling potholes, from the mundane to the cosmic. Conservatives argue that government doesn't work, and everything they do is meant to prove their point. "Potholes R Us" is the conservative motto. Hell, it's their fricken battlecry.
On the progressive side, doing anything less than this helps them prove their point.
Any questions at all?