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Is Barack Obama a "progressive"? If he is, IMO, it's just barely.

I think his personal views are progressive - witness his State of the Union promises to fight climate change and promote science & tech spending and his coming onboard for same sex marriage and gun control.

But his hands are tied by a bought-and-paid-for, special-interest-run, gerrymandered House. That was allowed to come into existence by an ignorant, superstitious, TV, religion and junk-food-addled public.

Obama is intelligent enough to realize that politics is the art of the possible.

Still he could move the needle on "possible" if he were a better gladhander, backslapper, armtwister and back-room dealmaker like FDR, LBJ and Bobby Kennedy.
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