What Do You Do When the President is Just Not Into You: Netroots Nation and the Shifting Tide

By: Monday June 20, 2011 8:47 am

I found it hard to believe that someone from OFA (albeit a volunteer) decided it was a good idea to approach two committed LGBT activists at their panel and tell them they couldn’t support marriage equality because Obama “hasn’t gone officially on record for it” — as if the President had to take a position before it was possible to form an opinion on the subject. I realize the guy was young, but nobody forced him to go running up to the stage with the cameras rolling.

 

Obama vs. the Left: A Battle of Ideologies, Not Cults of Personality

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 2:20 pm

The primary value Peter Daou’s piece on liberal bloggers had yesterday was that it named names, and it gave outlets like Politico an excuse to link to something. Although journalists won’t say so in public because they’ve been told these things “off the record,” they well know who gets under the skin of people at the White House. And that’s why things said by Glenn Greenwald, or John Aravosis, or on FDL consistently get picked up in the media as prime examples of the “professional left.” We hear about it when they call us for comments, or when they want to book us to respond.

Obama Heckled by LGBT Rights Advocates at California Event

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 7:31 am

The President can run but he cannot hide on this issue. As John Aravosis said last night, this has been an ongoing public relations disaster for this White House. The strains with the gay community started last year, and they basically haven’t stopped, despite the bone or two thrown the way of the LGBT community. The President insisted that he supports repealing DADT and has “begun to do that,” but everyone can plainly see that the Pentagon’s one-year study has blocked progress, and by 2011, the majorities needed for passage simply won’t be there.

Warning to “Pass Anything” Camp: Reforms Don’t Always Get Better Over Time

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 7:20 am

People in the “pass any bill, regardless how bad” camp often talk about “fixing it later.” They point to previous progressive change like social security, Medicare, and the civil rights legislation as proof that progressive reforms start small but grow into something better. This mantra is repeated as an article of faith, but it is not based on a true, dispassionate examination of history. For every progressive reform that slowly grew into something better, there is a counter example of reform efforts that, due to poor design, withered or died over the years.

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