President Barack Obama will have been catapulted into the White House by small donors. Congress will remain beholden to big special interest groups. Obama will be for the average American, Congress will remain as puppets to money that has helped them hold onto their positions. Result: the hope for a return to progressive democracy will clash head-on with the old special-interest politics. This will transcend Democratic-Republican "differences."
If you wondered what happened to progressive politics in the U.S., it was sold out to a Washington, DC, that is awash in a sea of huge sums of money that buy votes and voice. This big money has infiltrated every Senate and House district. It comes from capitalistic greed. It comes from huge corporate conglomerates, healthcare and pharmaceutical monsters, insurance behemoths, military-industrial powerhouses, etc. You want a favor, buy a politician. Party affiliation is inconsequential. The time has come to change this. An entire younger generation has come to accept this greed.
2009 will be a shake-out year in political America. Let us hope we don't waste a golden opportunity for REAL change for REAL people. And this does not mean a political reality game show, but real reality.