Friday, Nov 21, 2008, 2:39 pm
Progressives Out In The Cold?
Not a single, solitary, actual dyed-in-the-wool progressive has, as far as I can tell, even been mentioned for a position in the new administration. Not one. Remember this is the movement that was right about Iraq, right about wage stagnation and inequality, right about financial deregulation, right about global warming and right about health care. And I don't just mean in that in a sectarian way. I mean to say that the emerging establishment consensus on all of these issues came from the left.
I would also submit that the faith of progressives are a considerable reason Obama was the Democratic nominee in the first place. It seems that being right about the defining political questions of our time means fuck-all to the power structure in D.C.
Some will argue that the appointment of Tom Daschle to Health and Human Services Secretary indicates an aggressive approach to health care reform. Not to mention a potential boost to Native American Health. Also, Obama has indicated that he will act aggressively to combat climate change. Hope remains...
Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.