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Rest assured that if a Republican president had lost so thoroughly in a midterm election and his supporters had made comparable arguments to those of Podesta, Vanden Heuvel, and Borosage, the left and the Democrats would be yelling bloody murder about the “fascist coup” ready to be advanced by the disgraced Republican executive in the White House.

Joining them in proclaiming that “progressives really won” is the truly far left organization, the Institute for Policy Studies. Usually busy defending the likes of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, their leaders have taken the time out to explain that in defeating the Blue Dogs and leaving the Pelosi-Reid leadership intact, the left wing in the Democratic Party has more power than ever, no longer having to contend with Democratic Leadership Council-type centrists. Thus IPS leader Karen Dolan writes: “As touching as it was to see Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) choke up over the retelling of his hard-knocks life story of having to be a waiter in his dad’s bar, tears are not so attractive on the faces of Progressives this morning. Did we all miss the news flash? PROGRESSIVES WON!”  Is this woman delusional? No, she is not kidding. In her eyes, aside from the defeat of Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. Alan Grayson, two of their favorite leftists in the outgoing House and Senate, the Blue Dog caucus was sliced in half! So it doesn’t matter that the Democrats lost; they got rid of their centrists and conservatives — leaving their own forces in total control!

That is how Dolan turns defeat into victory! As she puts it, “what we do have now is a more solidly progressive bunch of Dems in Congress and a president presumably less encumbered by the false illusion that playing nice will get him a date with the other team.” And once they pressure him to rule by executive fiat, they can have their way! And she ends with a truly delusional fantasy: “Progressives will be the heroes in 2012. Let’s make Obama one too.”

Perhaps they hope that by ruling via executive authority alone, Barack Obama can attain the dreams they had of making him not only an American president, but one who rules in the manner of the IPS hero Fidel Castro. Then Obama would able to create their dream of a top-down Leninist state they used to have in the days of Soviet Russia and still have in the people’s beloved Cuba.

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