Post-Midterm-Mortem

1 comment November 3rd, 2010at 07:32am Posted by Eli

In a nutshell, the Democrats got crushed because they, behind Obama’s fearless leadership, failed to deliver.  Yes, they passed a lot of bills, but they were compromised and weak at best.  They actually managed to pass a healthcare reform bill that most people hate, they passed a weak financial reform bill, they passed a stimulus bill that was too small and poorly-designed to reduce unemployment (but continued to brag about how the economy’s in recovery), and they appear to be mostly twiddling their thumbs in the face of a massive foreclosure crisis.

Not only that, but the Obama administration has repeatedly belittled and insulted the Democratic base while screwing over core Democratic constituencies like Latinos, unions, women and gays.

And of all the Democrats to survive, why did it have to be Harry Reid?  Ryan Grim kinda-sorta defends him as merely doing his president’s bidding, but that’s not really a ringing endorsement when Obama has been such a destructive tone-deaf fool.  Reid should have been resisting Obama’s efforts to make the Democratic Party toxic, not facilitating them.  The money quote:

Reid… is merely the contemporary Democratic Party distilled to its essence. Over the past decade and a half, the party of FDR, JFK and LBJ drifted away from its foundation and found refuge in a transactional politics that is being forcefully rejected by voters. Presented with the chance to make history, Democrats made deals — with pill makers, with device makers, with hospital executives, with hedge fund managers, with swaps dealers, with auto dealers, with “non-bank financial institutions.” As the tide turned, Democrats found those corporate interests scurrying back to the GOP. When the party turned back to its people, they were nowhere to be found. Compromise in pursuit of a broadly popular, unifying agenda is a forgivable sin. Compromise just to put points on the board leads to a blowout.

Well, I’m sure that will certainly improve now that the Republicans control the House and probably have functional control of the Senate…

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Unemployment,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Charles  |  November 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I have to hand it to Harry. Anyone who can run on the slogan, “Vote for me. At least I’m not crazy,”–in the state with the highest unemployment– and win has got a knack for politics.

    A shame that the Democrats’ other slogan, “Vote for us. It could have been worse” didn’t work out.


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