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Regime Change?

I normally try not to post on stories that are being superbly covered elsewhere, but I can’t get over this latest revelation that Obama’s GOTV mega-drive is part of an overall remaking of the entire Democratic Party and somewhat nascent Progressive infrastructure in his own branded image.  As I wrote over at The Hillary 1000 (where I quote dday at length – READ IT), the organizing and mobilization scholar in me is totally impressed.  But the conflict theorist and skeptic of authority in me is totally horrified.

Clinton loyalists are rightly infuriated by the smug anticipated reaping of the spoils by bloggers such as Chris Bowers, who are thrilled at their implied and exclusive relevance in the new Obama Party.  Democratic loyalists smartly see past the impressive organizing and fundraising for what turns out to be been-there-done-that-centrism, merely with a new generation of elites at the helm (and frankly, not the ones I’d like to see leading this country forward).  Turkana at The Left Coaster: “Obama’s purple America schtick is more similar to Bill Clinton’s 1992 schtick than is Hillary Clinton’s current schtick.”

One of the things I’ve liked least about Obama’s presidential campaign is its treatment of politics as something dirty, shameful, to be avoided and overcome.  Keep in mind a few definitions of politics:

  • the art or science of government; the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy; the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government;
  • competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government);
  • the total complex of relations between people living in society; relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view

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