In fairness to the much-maligned GOP field, they face a formidable hurdle: how to credibly attack Obama when he has adopted so many of their party's defining beliefs. Depicting the other party's president as a radical menace is one of the chief requirements for a candidate seeking to convince his party to crown him as the chosen challenger. Because Obama has governed as a centrist Republican, these GOP candidates are able to attack him as a leftist radical only by moving so far to the right in their rhetoric and policy prescriptions that they fall over the cliff of mainstream acceptability, or even basic sanity.
In July, the nation's most influential progressive domestic policy pundit, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, declared that Obama is a "moderate conservative in practical terms". Last October, he wrote that "progressives who had their hearts set on Obama were engaged in a huge act of self-delusion", because the president – "once you get past the soaring rhetoric" – has "largely accepted the conservative storyline".
Krugman also pointed out that even the policy Democratic loyalists point to as proof of the president's progressive bona fides – his healthcare plan, which mandates the purchase of policies from the private health insurance industry – was designed by the Heritage Foundation, one of the nation's most rightwing thinktanks, and was advocated by conservative ideologues for many years (it also happens to be the same plan Romney implemented when he was governor of Massachusetts and which Newt Gingrich once promoted, underscoring the difficulty for the GOP in drawing real contrasts with Obama).
the problem the e-mailer had was what are they supposed to do? gg doesn't tell them that?
well i don't think it's his job to map out your life.
i'm not a glenn groupie so i was prepared to call him out if i saw something to call out. but if the criticism is that he's not telling you what to do, that's really insane.
but what can you do?
you can vote for some 1 other than barack. maybe the green party will have a candidate? maybe an independent will attract you? maybe there's a republican that will.
or maybe you just show your outrage with the whole damn system by not voting.
there are many things you can do.
but i really don't think glenn has to provide you with a list of suggested activities. he writes for 'salon,' not 'highlights.'
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'