But did they listen? Nooooo.
What she is saying sounds an awful lot like what Conflucians were trying to warn. If you don’t hold him accountable *before* the election, you won’t get anything from him afterwards.
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
Anyway, it looks like progressives are about to make the same mistake again. Can they be taught? It’s not looking good.
Some of the things Klein said that should have triggered alarm bells is that Obama had no plan for getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He was not an anti-war president. As Jane Caro said politicians should underpromise and overdeliver. And if progressives had been paying attention, they would have realized that Obama was promising nothing. The other thing she says is that as soon as Hillary bowed out, Obama put Jason Furman on his economics team. Furman was not a friend to organized labor. But note the timing. Obama waits until progressives have put out for him and when there’s no way to get back the person they just blew off. Then he brings in the guy that Wall Street liked. He did something of the same thing on the telecomm immunity bill. Hillary voted against it for principled reasons. Obama voted for it- because Hillary had bowed out.
Klein was also wrong about some things. She was wrong to hold one woman accountable for the Iraq War and let that one vote color her opinion about the character and vision of that candidate. Progressives were completely deaf to everything that Hillary said that was not in reference to the war. And no, she wasn’t held accountable by the voters for her IWR vote. She was dumped because the money coming from Obama’s camp was too good to pass up. Progressives’ deafness to everything *but* the war allowed something even more dangerous to creep in. The Wall Street boys knew the financial collapse was coming and they set up the election so they would be in charge when the shock hit. Klein came to Zuccotti park to talk at the Occupy movement’s birthplace. And she was inspiring and absolutely correct about everything including the urgency. But she undermined her own Shock Doctrine theory when she focused all of her attention on the war to the exclusion of the economy. When the economy crashed and income inequality became even more obvious and suffering and unemployment started to take a toll on the American psyche, it took all focus away from the war. Therefore, verily I say unto you anti-war activists, if you want to get out of illegal, abominable wars, you must exercise vigilance about your economy.
It wasn’t just the PUMAs who were trying to get progressives’ attention. Klein happens to be incredibly good at predicting the fallout of the political decisions we make. But “when your heart’s on fire, you must realize, smoke gets in your eyes”. Progressives were infatuated with Obama and ignored all of the warning signs.
Four years later, the guy ignores them, abuses them, pushes them around and tells them they’re nothing without him. And what to progressives do? They go back to him because they think they have no other choice. They will not stand up for themselves.
We’ve seen this plot before. It will not end well.