I play a little chess against my Mac.

Of the many tactical errors, a sloppy player (like me) can blunder into, one is the "fork".

An offensive piece threatens multiple defensive pieces with capture, check or even checkmate.

Only the most threatening position or important piece can be defended and the other must be sacrificed.

Save one piece and the other takes the hit and vice versa.

I watched the Republicans "fork" Obama, over and over again.

-Protect unemployment benefits or lose the Bush tax cut repeal.

Move to repeal and lose the benefits.

-Save the consumer protection agency or sacrifice its' progenitor Elizabeth Warren.

Keep Warren and lose the agency.

- Raise the debt ceiling or lose revenue increases and give ground on sacrosanct social programs.

Get some revenue and program protection and crash the national FICO score and bankrupt the nation.

I have more, but you get the idea.

Obama is no chess player.

And he isn't an effective progressive leader either.

The big question: was he just overmatched and outplayed, or did he sell us out, using the former scenario as cover?

I can't help thinking of him as a first round, draft pick wunderkind that couldn't lead his team to victory against more aggressive and intimidating teams in the NBA.

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