Step One: Announce program in a speech using lots of progressive sounding phrases but with no details.
Step Two: Follow up with announcement where all of the progressive elements have been dropped, still no real details.
Step Three: Let House Blue Dogs and “moderate” Democratic Senators hack it to pieces. Ignore House progressives.
Step Four: Do outreach to Republicans so that they can deliver a few whacks at as well. Make a few snide insinuations about progressives wanting to destroy the Obama Presidency.
Step Five: Start leaning on progressives with “something is better than nothing” and threaten to harm their re-election chances.
Step Six: Pass a thoroughly crap piece of legislation with Blue Dogs, regular Democrats, and a few “progressive” votes, and with all or almost all Republicans voting against.
Step Seven: Bullshit signing ceremony at the White House
Rinse and repeat.
Bob Somerby got it exactly right when he talked about the Cordelia primary.