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Obama may be a closet progressive, but he'll need a lot of support to come out, and it won't be overnight.
he's wise enough to start with the basics, economy, health, more social justice.
if we're wise we'll cheer even incremental positive growth. he has a lot to do in a short time, and the repubs will try to spoke his wheels as hard as they can, that's why the centre is where he's invested himself. if he pulls the Great Apathetic left from where it is now by concrete improvements to many levels of society, then his political capital will be sufficient to outweigh the fossilised holdovers that are stymieing so much good change.
to not expect too much too fast, yet still goad him on, seems to be the best balance.
"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
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