Priorities

Jane Hamsher:

Look, for people who convinced themselves that Obama was the second coming of Saul Alinsky — wake up.  He never was.  He may, however, be the most progressive person we could have possibly hoped to elect as President of the United States.  

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help keep the obstructionists off his back and push him to fulfill his campaign promises to end the war, pass health care legislation and the Employee Free Choice Act, clean up the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, repair our infrastructure, create good jobs and restore the middle class. 

I agree with all of those positions, and I agree, broadly, with the proposals Obama has put forward on those issues. But I’ve been around politics long enough to know that it’s rather unlikely Obama will be able to pass all of those things, especially in his first term. At the very least, it’s likely that some things will have to go on the back burner. And because of this, it’ very important that Obama, and Congressional Democrats, prioritize their agenda. Obama has been pretty clear on his priorities (stimulus, energy, healthcare), but thus far I haven’t seen much of a debate in the blogosphere to this effect. Do we generally agree with this prioritization, or have we not given much thought to potential trade-offs yet?