Bil posted the news you've been sitting at the edge of your seat for: Barack Obama's going to run for reelection in 2012. He kicked off his campaign with a Real Americans Telling It Like It Is video; Katherine from Colorado says, "I think [Obama's 2012 campaign] needs to reflect the changes that we've seen in the last two and a half years."
Indeed. The first change:
President Barack Obama is no longer the outsider candidate who fueled his bid for the White House in 2008 with a flood of small donations from new and young voters inspired by his message of hope and change.
As a sitting president he has far greater authority and media access and his 2012 re-election campaign is expected to raise $1 billion, which is unprecedented in U.S. politics.[...]
Jim Messina, a former White House deputy chief of staff who will run Obama's, has been telling big supporters they will need to collect $350,000 each. His campaign headquarters will be in Chicago will be staffed with White House veterans.
Obama made his message clear on Tuesday at a $30,800-plate fund-raiser at a popular New York restaurant.
I was listening to this on Democracy Now last week and Alberto walked in so I had to explain what was going on. He said, "You have such a strange system in America."
You see, what other countries call "bribery" we call "democracy."
Is it any wonder Obama and Congress did so little for the working class over these last few years? Even if I sent him $100 it's not like he's going to pay more attention to that than to the $350,000 donors.
I'm sure some sort of show will be put on as Obama takes on whatever vile clown the GOP kicks out of its car and I'll end up voting for him again. I just hope that I can be spared all the people who say that I should be excited to have another four years with a corporate Dem in the White House calling for austerity, telling health care advocates to go rot while he opposes the middle-of-the-road, technocratic solution to our health care problem, and lying about how the economy works in an effort to cut social spending. And that's just one issue.
Lots of people's enthusiasm is down for the next go 'round (that's probably why Obama knows he can't depend on small donors again), and it's not because I had particularly high standards two years ago thinking that the man was going to change the country into a radical queer hippie paradise (I do know people who thought that, and I'd imagine they're more excited than I am for 2012). Getting mad at people who aren't enthusiastic isn't going to suddenly make them enthusiastic, and saying that Obama's better than the Republican shouldn't (even though that'll be enough for some people). It's next to tribalism to unite around the shared hatred of a clearly-defined enemy who must be destroyed instead of organizing around common values and a shared understanding of how the world works, and tribalism only benefits the people in charge of the tribe.
The good thing is that, with people being more knowledgeable this time around about what these elections mean, perhaps we can avoid letting one person co-opt the concept of social change for the purpose of career advancement.