Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, has an idea on how progressives can move President Barack Obama to the left:
As things stand, Howard Dean is perceived to be to the left of all of the Democratic senators in Washington (not because he’s more liberal than Bernie Sanders or Harry Reid; it’s because unlike them, he’s willing to fight for his positions (sorry Bernie, at this point, it’s true)). That’s unconscionable. Washington has shifted so far right that Dean is considered some sort of wild-eyed liberal. We have to move it back if we are to have any hope that Obama will move further left (and much closer to the true center of the country).
So, how do we do this? It’s not pretty, but it’s necessary. We have to attack Obama relentlessly from the left. Right now he is a giant that is unmoved by anything in his left flank, he keeps looking to his right and ducking and worrying and moving to accommodate them. They are so loud and so visible. It’s hard to miss them. We have to make him look left. We have to shake him off his foundation.
As Uygur notes, the White House has been largely dismissive of progressives, with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel explaining to the Wall Street Journal that the White House has nothing to worry about from the left. Perhaps it’s time the White House had something to worry about from the left, because this administration – which was elected thanks in large part to progressives – shouldn’t take the left for granted.