Here’s a good piece written by Bernard-Henri LÚvy reiterating the fact that the American “left” is waiting for something: A Letter to the American Left. It’s been waiting for probably close to a decade now. It still amazes me that with all the huge blunders of the conservative movement over the last 6 years, they’ve come out relatively unscathed. I mean, come on!, Clinton was impeached for lying about an affair. Bush could do that and it would be at the bottom of the list of about 100 other worse things he’s done.
I really think the “left” is waiting for a leader. It seems like people are almost embarassed to speak out or take action without this. Or, maybe it’s the fact there’s a war going on, that could be a large factor too. Progressive people need a leader, and fast. They need a Kennedy or a Martin Luther King, Jr. It certainly wasn’t any of the Democratic candidates that ran last time, although perhaps Dean would have been closest if the Media hadn’t purposefully destroyed him. Maybe it needs to be someone outside of politics. It’s too complicated to be in politics in the US and have a strong message since everyone is so scared about walking the middle line.
The “right” doesn’t have one of those leaders but they built a machine-like entity to simulate one. This was through their media blitz in the 90s: taking up large mailing campaigns, talk radio, and politicizing churches and religion.