I've tweeted Al Gore's must-read "Climate of Denial" several times. This eloquent piece goes in depth about the media's complicity in keeping climate change out of the degraded public square. Yet nobody re-tweeted it. People have stopped listening to the former vice president (even as his vile successor's policies remain in place). Yet I wonder if there's anything more important than this for progressives.
Gay marriage? A historic victory in New York, but the cultural right has been losing this one for some time. Wall Street contributions helped, and why not — gays are a very lucrative demographic. Some of Seattle's anarchists trashed Capitol Hill early Sunday, ahead of the Pride Parade, to protest the co-option of gay rights by commercial culture. So it's an easy gimme by the oligarchy, while it continues to destroy the planet. Should climate change be for the left what "tax cuts" are for the right?
President Obama is happy to let it lie. He's the best Republican president since George H.W. Bush. Yet he faces re-election in 2012 and I don't buy the meme that he's a shoe-in because of the craziness of the right.
Here's the deal: The economy is in the tank and it's not going to improve. Too many fundamentals are fundamentally damaged. The victims are especially found among those likely to Tea Party, and the young that will sit this one out. Ohio, which went Democratic after the Bush/Ken Blackwell abuses, swung quickly right again. This is not the old Ohio of strong unions and a powerful Democratic Party. Florida is headed up the trendline to Peak Crazy with Gov. Rick Scott and GOP control of the Legislature (and redistricting). Pennsylvania? Think Ohio with two Democratic central cities thrown in. The plains, Intermountain West and, especially, Texas are deep red. Minnesota hangs in the balance. Wisconsin has been taken over by radical wingers.
So how does President Hoover put together the electoral map this time? There's not even a hated George W. Bush to help him now.