[Marxism] Obama campaign manager pleads with liberals to be patient

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 8 07:23:06 MST 2008


A Message to Obama's Progressive Critics
by Steve Hildebrand
(Hildebrand was Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager)

Five short weeks ago, Barack Obama won a decisive victory against John 
McCain - winning 365 electoral votes to McCain's 173 and winning the 
popular vote by 9 million - the largest popular vote margin ever for a 

After a strategy of expanding the electoral map, nine states that George 
Bush won in 2004, went to Obama - some by significant margins. The Obama 
victory changed the course of politics - from a candidate who bucked the 
system saying no to PAC and lobbyist money, to a disciplined campaign, 
tht beat expectations at every turn, building an unprecedented 
grassroots movement and raising record sums of money that dwarfed his 
Republican opponent. Campaigns in this country will never be the same.

Now comes the hard part - assuming the presidency at a time when there 
are more major problems facing our country and the world than at the 
beginning of any administration. Our economy is in shambles, affecting 
people at every income level. Nearly 500,000 jobs were lost during 
November alone. Retirement and investment accounts were shattered as the 
Stock Market dropped by historic proportions. Record numbers of families 
are being forced from their homes. Banks are hardly making loans to 
anyone right now. Auto manufactures and auto dealers have seen their 
sales drop between 30 and 40 percent.

We have a war with Iraq that needs an exit strategy and attention by our 
new president and his foreign policy team. There is unrest with Iran, 
Pakistan, North Korea and a host of other countries. We desperately need 
to repair our Nation's reputation around the world. And we need to do 
all we can to protect our soldiers overseas and our people here at home.

Nearly fifty million Americans have no health insurance, left vulnerable 
and one catastrophe away from bankruptcy or worse yet, death. This 
number will increase if we see unemployment continue to grow.

Every day that goes by, where the U.S. and other countries fail to stop 
the irreparable damage of global warming, is a day closer to changes in 
climate that we may never gain back.

I could go on and on. The point I'm making here is that our new 
president, the Congress and all Americans must come together to solve 
these problems. This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to 
draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that 
President-Elect Obama is making. Some believe the appointments generally 
aren't progressive enough. Having worked with former Senator Obama for 
the last two years, I can tell you, that isn't the way he thinks and 
it's not likely the way he will lead. The problems I mentioned above and 
the many I didn't, suggest that our president surround himself with the 
most qualified people to address these challenges. After all, he was 
elected to be the president of all the people - not just those on the left.

As a liberal member of our Party, I hope and expect our new president to 
address those issues that will benefit the vast majority of Americans 
first and foremost. That's his job. Over time, there will be many, many 
issues that come before him. But first let's get our economy moving, 
bring our troops home safely, fix health care, end climate change and 
restore our place in the world. What a great president Barack Obama will 
be if he can work with Congress and the American people to make great 
strides in these very difficult times.

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