Obama’s Left Strategy: Dissuasion or Division?

This post from the Huffington Post is hilarious. Barack Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager says:

This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that President-Elect Obama is making. Some believe the appointments generally aren’t progressive enough. Having worked with former Senator Obama for the last two years, I can tell you, that isn’t the way he thinks and it’s not likely the way he will lead. The problems I mentioned above and the many I didn’t, suggest that our president surround himself with the most qualified people to address these challenges. After all, he was elected to be the president of all the people – not just those on the left.

Now I have no idea if he is acting in any professional capacity, but I imagine that with all of the “no drama Obama” hubbub there’s a pretty short leash on this sort of thing.

I find this amusing on a couple of levels:

The first is that the progressive left groaners are loud enough to deserve this kind of put-down. Even if it is rather derogatory the fact that they are not just getting ignored says something.

The second is precisely this: What does it say? Does the Obama administration or campaign or movement or whatever think that this will  dissuade progressives making these criticisms, especially those dyed in the wool progressives who cut their teeth during the late Clinton/Bush years?

I don’t think they have any such delusions. This looks to me like pure centrist strategy. A move to isolate progressives, to stoke the intra-left divisions and then leave them arguing unable to present a unified front. They are trying to break the Anti-Bush Coalition.

PS: More Huffington Post watching, there’s a teeeeny tiny little alert for the Chicago factory takeover, and some really interesting comments on the greek anti-cop riots article (spoiler: apparently I’m not the only anarchist that reads HuffPost)

PS II: Some other scary shit. Practice measured paranoia.

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