You can argue about all the conspiracy theories you wish about paid left wing opposition to him and the Professional left, and all that other bullshit. But when it comes down to it, the average, non-influential, non-insider lefty (like me and many, many others) is unhappy with Obama for things he did all on his own.
For me, the biggest was not even **trying** for single payer. Now, you can say he didn't have the votes or whatever else you wish in his defense, but he didn't even **try**. He IGNORED it. If he had at least **acted** like he tried, I would be in a different place right now. But. He. Didn't. Even. Try.
Not even the weak-assesd stimulus plan he put in place made me unhappier. And make no mistake. I was very unhappy that he spent so fucking little on direct job creation and so damned much on money for repubican causes, like tax breaks and such.
So yeah, ignoring single payer is what set my on a path to mistrusting him.
I have not been shown wrong yet. In policy after position after stance after plan after speech, I see so little from Obama that makes up for the failure that arises from his conflict avoidance, his timidity, his political ineptness, his pandering to the right, his "bipartisanship" bullshit.
Sure, some things have been done. But NONE of them are big enough, bold enough, or transformative enough to overcome the seed of mistrust that he sowed in the left wing fields starting as soon as he was sworn in.
If my only elective choice in 2012 is him or a repubican, he'll have my vote. But I would sure like another choice. No, I *don't* know who. It would have to be someone who could beat the repubican. I won't throw my vote away on a personal hero like Mario Cuomo as a protest write-in. I will vote for the party nominee. I will not, however, stop wishing it were someone other than Obama.
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