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Obama Is No Victim of the Right Wing -- He's Pandered to Corporate Interests for Years

The evidence is clear that Obama is an often-willing servant of corporate interests -- not serving their interests only because the GOP forced him to.

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At this late date, informed activists and voters who care about economic justice realize that President Obama is NOT “on our side.”

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- widely seen as “America’s Senator” -- is so disgusted by recent White House actions that he called Friday for a challenge to Obama in Democratic primaries: “I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.”
Although Sanders has said clearly that he’s running for reelection to the senate in 2012 -- not for president -- his comment led instantly to a Draft Sanders for President website.

Imagine if a credible candidate immediately threatened a primary challenge unless Obama rejects any deal cutting the safety net while maintaining tax breaks for the rich. Team Obama knows that a serious primary challenger would cost the Obama campaign millions of dollars. And it may well be a powerful movement-building opportunity for activists tired of feeling hopeless with Obama.

It’s time for progressives to talk seriously about a challenge to Obama’s corporatism. Polls show most Americans support economic justice issues, and that goes double for Democratic primary voters. 

If not Bernie, who? If not now, when?

 

Jeff Cohen is founder of the media watch group FAIR, former TV pundit, and author of Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media .

 
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