Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Democrats not getting the message

Matt Bai has a long piece on intercine battling between Congressional Dems and the White House, but they're all missing the point. Democrats aren't in trouble because Obama didn't criticize the Republicans enough, even though arguably he didn't. But neither did they.

Congressional Dems are in trouble because they didn't deliver. They didn't fight back. They caved at every turn to win those lone Republican votes and then they were burned. As we repeatedly predicted they would be. This didn't start with Obama. It's been going on for a long time. They wanted Obama to take all the heat by blasting the GOP, but they didn't do their part either. Seems they're always looking for an reason to excuse their own ineffectiveness.

Obama was right to say Washington is broken. It is. And by and large, the big name power brokers didn't do a bloody thing to fix it. They didn't have to dick around with health care reform for over a year. They should have shown some balls and railroaded it through in the first six months. They didn't have to cut the stimulus bill down to a meaningless amount. Had they passed a bigger bill instead of cowering in the face of GOP fearmongering, they would have had a better economy to run on.

They let the GOPs drive the narrative and delivered the same old kabuki theater that they promised they were going to end when they were elected. It wasn't only Republicans who were slamming the brakes on the drive for good legislation while they kowtowed to their corporate masters. They're still doing it and it doesn't fool anybody.

The internets really did change everything. They don't control the message or the information anymore. Blanche Lincoln was the first meaningful challenge to the status quo from the left. She won't be the last. The establishment Democrats need to realize that if they won't fix what's broken, then they'll be replaced. Liberals may not be parading around in silly costumes and throwing public temper tantrums, but they're just as angry as the tea pot crowd and they vote too.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. If it weren't for Billy Kennedy running against Foxx in the NC-5, I would have very little to do with the nat'l Dems ... or Obama. Far too many have become corporatists, which is the root, far as I'm concerned, for their total ineffectiveness.

11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey anon. Really excited about Billy too. We need more people like him to run.

6:12:00 PM  

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