Andrew Sullivan Sort Of Makes My Day

4 comments December 2nd, 2010at 07:38am Posted by Eli

On the one hand, it’s gratifying that so many of us on the left have refused to abandon our principles and mindlessly support our party right or wrong like conservatives do.

On the other hand, it’s depressing that we find ourselves opposed to our president and party on a near-constant basis.  I think Digby and especially Balkin are a little bit off about the prospects of the Democrats ever showing any kind of backbone or unity in support of their own supposed ideals.  The fundamental problem is that as long as our campaign finance system (and the revolving door to the lucrative corporate/lobbying world) is thoroughly corrupt, both parties will be pressured to move to the right, especially on economic issues (social and military issues always seem to find a way to tag along for the ride).  Which is great for a party that’s supposed to be conservative, and incredibly destructive for a party that’s supposed to be progressive.

Put the two together, and you have progressive bloggers like Jane begging Obama and the rest of the ineffectual Democrats to show some guts and leadership for a change, and why their pleas will continue to fall on deaf ears.

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  • 1. Cujo359  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Campaign financing is a problem, but so is the progressives’ habit of voting for the Democratic label no matter what. As long as they don’t have to work for our votes, they’ll have no motivation to satisfy us, and they’ll chase the votes (or money) that will go elsewhere.

  • 2. Eli  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Is that truly unique to progressives, though? Do you think conservatives are significantly more likely to stay home if they think their candidate’s a squish?

    I think the GOP has decided that they want to appeal to their base because they’re the ones who turn out, while Democrats have decided to pretend that they can pick up enough independents to make up for their disaffected base voters, even though I’m pretty sure independents aren’t usually as motivated to turn out.

    In other words, I think both parties have similar base vs. independent balancing concerns, but choose to resolve them in completely opposite ways.

    The Democratic pretense is that they’re trying to broaden their voting base, but I think that’s a smokescreen to obscure their real reason for moving right, which is that’s where the money (and cushy revolving door employment) is.

  • 3. Bill  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Possibly the only thing that I’ll ever agree with David Frum on: “Republicans fear their base and the Democrats hate their base.”

  • 4. Eli  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Yeah, it’s pretty hard to argue with that. But I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the Democratic base is standing between the pols and their corporate donors, while the Republican base is not.

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