Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It couldn't have happened to a nicer party.

So the Democrats lost what had been a safe Senate seat in Massachusetts. There’s really no surprise there. If anything it was a vote against the feckless Democratic leadership. The center has long been a graveyard for the Democrats. Those who occupy it show the public that they stand for nothing, and that doesn’t sit well with voters.

It doesn’t matter that what Republican Scott Brown stands for—no healthcare reform and forget our legal traditions when dealing with “terrorists”—is onerous. The fact that he stood for something appealed to voters disgusted with vacillating Democratic leadership.

In truth, it’s no big deal that the Senate lost its veto-proof majority. The Senate leadership hadn’t done anything with it except wimp out and compromise on every issue.

If Senate Democratic leaders had any backbone, they’d force the Republicans to filibuster the healthcare reform bill and use the filibuster as a cudgel to beat the Republicans over their Neanderthal skulls when the midterm elections roll around.

That won’t happen, though. The rightwing noise machine kicked the spin out of them years ago, and the poor fools are still trying to find it.

Maybe this will be a wakeup call for Obama to get off his ass and start living up to his campaign promises. I doubt it thought.

A more viable alternative would be a third party because it looks as if the Democrats are ready to follow the Whigs into political oblivion.


John said...
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John said...

This is how I remember sand castles melting when I used to go to the beach. Now that everything is all hopey and changey, I am pissed. My Wisconsin senators understand how it works; what the hell is wrong with the rest of them?

David Myers said...

When I see some of the spineless action that the democrats are engaged in I think that maybe the party has already fallen into political oblivion. Maybe the democratic leadership are actually republicans who have infiltrated and are putting up a front so as to keep the rank and file from forming another party. Call it a conspiracy theory, but it seems like this party has gone through a lot of fundemental philosophical changes in the last 30 years. Oh and about Obama waking up, I'm with you, it will not happen.

Ivan Hentschel said...

I'm with Noam Chomsky (among others) who say there is only one party, the coporatrocacy, and both sides wave that flag, except that the Repub flag is bigger and the Dems are still trying to figure out how to play. No one in government cares one little whit about the good of the country Meanwhile, all falls apart. The hare lost the race through complacency and the Dems are not only spineless but also clueless. They just wanna draw a salary. America runs on football and politics, and damn little else.

To think for even a moment that Obama will wake up is wasted time and energy. He is in it for the glamour, glory and bravado, a few good games of golf and some free rides on Air Force One.

As a leader, he makes an excellent rhetoritician. All fluff and no stuff. The State of the Union speech should be a real hoot. It will be much ado about nothing, while most of us will wish it was a great adieu worth noting.

Case Wagenvoord said...

My faith in Obama will be restored the day he fires Emanuel, Geithner and Summers.

Ivan Hentschel said...

Case, you are indeed a cheap date!I had thought that you, like me, were too old to be naive. Maybe you believe in the Easter Bunny, too? Ha!

Anonymous said...

And, after today's Supreme Court ruling, you may never see another liberal get elected. The corporate oligarchy is now freer to buy more elections. Just think of it: House and Senate filled with MBA's.

Ivan Hentschel said...

Between Obama's inefficacy, and his lack of transparency, and now today's court ruling, democracy is just about done for. This is one sad day.