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Why Labor's Soldiering for the Democrats is a Losing Battle

Why Labor's Soldiering for the Democrats is a Losing Battle By Adolph Reed On the Contrary W yh L’roba s s o Ld gnirei r of eht d e st arocm i s a L gniso b a tt Le The question whether an Obama-era Democratic Party may offer opportunities for labor and left-of-center political interests presumes that Obama’s Democratic Party offers potential for significant departure from the rightward tacking we’ve seen since Bill Clinton’s presidency. There is little in anything Obama’s said or done to warrant such a presumption. Throughout his career, Obama has been Rather than a departure, however, Obama’s able to assume left support while never seri-political style presumes and consolidates ously committing to any actually left policies. C lintonism’s ideological and programmatic In fact, in his books and speeches he has victory. Obama could not have sold his liberal- frequently invoked stereotypical images of left conservative “bipartisan” transcendence so dogmatism, intemperateness, or folly, often as successfully to leftists/progressives if Clinton asides that seem intended mainly to reassure had not already moved the boundaries of conservative sensibilities about his judicious-liberalism rightward enough to incorporate ness. This inclination to toss off casual referk -ey elements of the Reaganite agenda and ences to the Left’s “excesses” or socialism’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Why Labor's Soldiering for the Democrats is a Losing Battle

New Labor Forum , Volume 19 (3): 7 – Oct 1, 2010

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SAGE
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© 2010 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
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1095-7960
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1557-2978
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10.4179/NLF.193.0000003
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By Adolph Reed On the Contrary W yh L’roba s s o Ld gnirei r of eht d e st arocm i s a L gniso b a tt Le The question whether an Obama-era Democratic Party may offer opportunities for labor and left-of-center political interests presumes that Obama’s Democratic Party offers potential for significant departure from the rightward tacking we’ve seen since Bill Clinton’s presidency. There is little in anything Obama’s said or done to warrant such a presumption. Throughout his career, Obama has been Rather than a departure, however, Obama’s able to assume left support while never seri-political style presumes and consolidates ously committing to any actually left policies. C lintonism’s ideological and programmatic In fact, in his books and speeches he has victory. Obama could not have sold his liberal- frequently invoked stereotypical images of left conservative “bipartisan” transcendence so dogmatism, intemperateness, or folly, often as successfully to leftists/progressives if Clinton asides that seem intended mainly to reassure had not already moved the boundaries of conservative sensibilities about his judicious-liberalism rightward enough to incorporate ness. This inclination to toss off casual referk -ey elements of the Reaganite agenda and ences to the Left’s “excesses” or socialism’s

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Published: Oct 1, 2010

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