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  •  Why this rings hollow. (1+ / 0-)
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    Anne Elk

    1. For a time we had 60 votes in the Senate and controlled the House. Yet we had to water down the stimulus and the healthcare bill, and we did nothing on global warming, because we couldn't keep the Blue Dogs in line.

    Yes, I know our time with 60 Senate votes was short. But our leadership should've known there was a substantial risk it would be short; they should've had a train of legislation lined up and ready to go, with Blue Dogs on board by virtue of whatever armtwisting was necessary. They didn't do it. And that leads us to...

    2. The Dem leadership should've fixed the filibuster by simple majority vote at the beginning of the 2009 Congress. They knew our 60th Senate vote, Al Franken, was tied up in litigation. They knew Ted Kennedy had brain cancer--diagnosed May 2008. They knew Robert Byrd was old and sick--born 1917, had multiple hospital admissions in 2008. They knew the Blue Dogs' egos were planet-size, making their votes unreliable. Yet they let our ability to enact any legislation ride on all of those hairy situations breaking our way. Idiot bunglers.

    3. The Dem leadership knew how well the "Harry and Louise" obstruct-and-obfuscate strategy worked for the GOP in 1993-94; it was completely foreseeable that the GOP would reuse and expand it on a larger scale, which is exactly what they've done and continue to do.

    4. Krugman had been writing since late 2008--yes, before Obama even took office--that if Dem programs were not as big as America's challenges require, the GOP would use that to discredit us. If he could see that, surely the Dem leadership should've.

    Make no mistake--bad as the Dems are, the GOP is certainly worse. I will damn sure vote in November, and I will damn sure vote Democratic. But if the Dems only get the votes of diehards like me, we'll lose. The enthusiasm gap is what killed us in November 2010--umpteen polls showed a majority of Americans agreed with Dems on the issues, but a majority of Americans motivated enough to vote agreed with the GOP.

    The enthusiasm gap is a failure of Democratic leadership, pure and simple. They should've seen this coming a mile away. If the Dems can't even get me enthused about putting them back in charge, how the hell do they expect to get the votes of John and Jane Q. Low-Info-Independent?

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:05:21 AM PDT

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