Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Avedon says what I suspect many of us have thought

and a few of us have also tried to say: Obama was and is a poseur. I still get tickled when people gripe about how he's been a sell-out. Thing is, like the other "New-Democrats", there was nothing to sell out. Here's a tantalizing clip from back in 1996, when The Pope of Hope's career was just getting started:
In Chicago, we've gotten a foretaste of the new breed of foundation-hatched black communitarian voices; one of them, a smooth Harvard lawyer with impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics, has won a state senate seat on a base mainly in the liberal foundation and development worlds. His fundamentally bootstrap line was softened by a patina of the rhetoric of authentic community, talk about meeting in kitchens, small-scale solutions to social problems, and the predictable elevation of process over program--the point where identity politics converges with old-fashioned middle-class reform in favoring form over substance. I suspect that his ilk is the wave of the future in U.S. black politics.
Again, should any of this have come as shocking? The way the system is rigged now, the genuine article never gets a shot. So we get our choice between faux-liberals who might be more-or-less competent care-taker presidents and Christian jihadists (Bush II, and to a greater degree Sarah Palin). Abandon hope.

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