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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

Looking back over blogtopia and Party behavior for the 2006 and 2008 cycles I’d reckon one of the greatest mistakes we made was accepting Blue Dogs as candidates and acceptable incumbents, for when it’s come time to deliver for the little people in 2009 and 2010 names like Bayh, Nelson, Baucus and Feinstein have absolutely crushed us, they’ve ruined what was left of the Party brand and obliterated almost all of our great policy hopes.  In my neck of the woods defeating the odious and grossly militaristic Dianne Feinstein should have been a screaming priority in 2008, only behind the election of Obama, but it was a nonexistent idea and the little people will pay heavily the next six years for that Party negligence.

Another Blue Dog ripped us as terrible blow yesterday, Nelson of the Senate, when he facilitated the filibuster of a crucial labor NLRB appointment.  If in fact a concerted campaign materializes to finally heave manifestly offensive and asshole names like Lieberman and Specter out of the Party that greatly diminishes our majority, so freaking be it, hell yes, anything is better than this rancid expectation the Democratic Party has a majority that can deliver for the country when in fact we do not.

We don’t have the votes or the will as a Party to deliver for unions and labor, which is just an incredible statement.  Unions have supported Democrats to the tune of $300 million in the last cycle, engaged in a desperate attempt to fairly organize and keep wages and jobs from being cut, yet they can’t get card check reform passed in the Senate or get a functioning NLRB.  

Americans have been absolutely crushed with unemployment and lousy wages, yet 40% of a "stimulus" package that was too small anyway was pissed away on tax cuts.  Way to go, Democrats. [No, I’m never forgetting or will not stop reminding the mentally masturbating twerps who foisted that disaster on us all, maybe if public officials were held accountable they wouldn’t screw up so horribly so often.]  

Belatedly realizing their mistake while millions of American children cruelly suffered for no reason Stimulus II—uh, I mean a jobs bill, sorry—is now being considered, the House version is so-so while of course the Senate is embarrassing and humiliating the Democratic Party once again, a paltry $65 billion sorry excuse for a bill that will eventually deliver nothing or very little for the little people.

The finance industry and the DOD, now, of course they already got everything they want.  God forbid one would try be employed and raise educated children in the United States of America, but if you want blood or a bailout, baby, this is place, built for banks and tanks.

I do think, looking at that absolutely disgraceful national reality above and Party behavior of the last ten years, that if we had been truly focused on electing good liberal Democrats and not accepting of blue dog charlatans the rigorous demands of that focus would have cemented in good liberal ideals and policy results when we finally got the chance to govern.

I remember a huge early campaign at Daily Kos to elect Stephanie Herseth, who turned out to be a nauseating Blue Dog Stephanie Hersethanol.  She got elected, all right, and has basically screwed us ever since, we should be focused on getting rid of her, one less vote in the House, oh well.

Personally I’m never giving a dime to any Democrat ever again unless a Blue Dog is getting primaried. If I feel like giving for this cycle it will be for Marcy Winograd, the presence of disgusting Jane Harman—from my own area of the country, no less—is something no Democrat should ever tolerate anywhere.

I could care less how possibly illogical or potentially harmful this stratagem could be for the Party, I’m sick of being humiliated by lousy policy from a Party that damn well should know better.  The Great Recession will never end until millions immediately go back to work, yet the United States Senate—with a very big Democratic Party majority—can only kiss the ass of Herbert Hoover with a bill under $100 billion?

So disgraceful, so humiliating.  Goldman Sachs bonuses and the Afghanistan war rage on, but the American worker gets shit.  We can’t function as a Party or a country like this anymore, somehow we have to get our principles and Party voting behavior straight.

Originally posted to paradox on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:06 AM PST.

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  •  The problem (5+ / 0-)

    was not the acceptance of the Bluedogs - we need those, in certain states, to form a majority whether we like it or not. The problem lies with having a leadership that doesn't put a penalty on bucking the party line time and time again.

    Harry Reid's lack of backbone is an act, his obstructionism isn't.

    by stevej on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:18:50 AM PST

    •  hmmmmm (1+ / 0-)
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      Fine, let's go for it, something has to change.

      •  The pressure point is Reid (1+ / 0-)
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        but he is toast anyway so not much we can do to hasten that process.

        If there is any way of influencing the Senate leadership race that would be worth pursuing - possibly phoning emailing our own senators requesting that they support a candidate that a) has a healthy majority in their own states and b) is at least to the center of the Democratic party.

        Left to their own devices they will elect another Reid or daschel type as this provides them with cover as far as their major donors are concerned.

        Harry Reid's lack of backbone is an act, his obstructionism isn't.

        by stevej on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:38:41 AM PST

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    •  It Does Give the Impression That The Leadership (3+ / 0-)
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      agrees with them.  I'm underwhelmed by this administration.  Even though I supported Obama, it was not without qualms about his voting history and his political behavior.  And about that boy's club around the president, must say, I definitely am experiencing some voter's remorse.

      The truth about John McCain's Keating Cheating

      by tikkun on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:27:04 AM PST

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      •  No remorse really (0+ / 0-)

        as the biggest problem is the Senate. Saying that Obama may find himself in the position of having to oppose Reid publicly to keep his presidency on track.

        I read the article in the FT decribing just how insular and small the Obama inner circle is but until the logjam problem in the Senate is solved not much can change.

        Harry Reid's lack of backbone is an act, his obstructionism isn't.

        by stevej on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:34:44 AM PST

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    •  We Must Explain Why LEADERSHIP Comes From (3+ / 0-)
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      such conservative states. That speaks volumes to me about party values.

      It's a solidly conservative party, just happens to be more compassionate than the Republicans.

      Frankly I think it's a rightwing party, because its overarching economic policies will maintain the decline of the people farther and farther below par with the advanced democracies.

      Calling that center left or even center right is just a lie. Walking your people down toward the 3rd world is rightwing.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:32:20 AM PST

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      •  A thought (1+ / 0-)
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        tikkun

        Democratic politicians want and will vote for weak and right leaning leadership as this means that there will be less pressure on them to support measures that offend there major donors.

        The GOP has no such conflict.

        Harry Reid's lack of backbone is an act, his obstructionism isn't.

        by stevej on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:42:26 AM PST

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  •  Liberals really are very angry at the Party (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope it's finally starting to sink in.

    By God and baby Jesus only the horrifying Republicans keep me in the Party.  All the national Democrats deserve is a huge sock of wet horseshit smashed across their faces every morning for what they've done to the American worker, but this god-awful two-party system enslaves me to these infuriating fuckups, the Democrats.

    [spits] Such a long, long way to go.

    •  It won't sink in until their corporation money (0+ / 0-)

      dries up and its clear there will be no cushy corporate or university job waiting for them when they leave public life.

      The truth about John McCain's Keating Cheating

      by tikkun on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:29:14 AM PST

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      •  Who Would This Really Hurt? They're Almost (0+ / 0-)

        all millionaires, and most will retire with above-median-income pensions and health care for life.

        I'd expect that those in leadership positions who are running this trainwreck are all very wealthy for life.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:39:52 AM PST

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  •  For all the good (2+ / 0-)
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    that $300 million spent on the Dems did labor...if I was a labor leader I'd be thinking, maybe in the future that money should be spent on organizing, not on politicians.

    Losing often means that you had the courage to take on a difficult cause with an unlikely outcome. ~ James Perry

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:30:04 AM PST

  •  The Only Remedy Is to Replace Party People (2+ / 0-)
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    as Dean and Hartmann say.

    This is what the rightwing did with the Republicans starting 40 years ago. They realized their ideas were always going to be rejected, and they realized that either staying home or starting a 3rd party that was conservative would condemn the country to liberalism forever.

    We've got to realize that it's not enough to work for the party. We need to start filling up the jobs in party organizations and in elected office.

    That in turn requires a movement. The Republicans have the entire global economy as real-world institutional support while there are no major profit producing sectors that are progressive. All we have in the real world to start with is organized labor and some very low-power citizen activist groups for environment, ethnic communities etc.

    But that's what has to start. REPLACING the people in the party.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:37:10 AM PST

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