I’m well aware of how thoroughly the deck is stacked against progressives, with the Villager mentality, the corporate media, and the institutional roadblocks (filibuster), and so on. But c’mon —McConnell especially doesn’t even bother hiding the fact that he’s a major league asshole…and the best this administration can do is pretend they haven’t done more to reach out?
For the life of me I can’t figure out why the Obama team hasn’t fought fire with fire. For instance, one thing I can think of off hand is that the Republiclown leadership is forever whining about how they want “less government.” Well, give ’em what they want — pull out as many federal government positions from their districts/States as executive authority allows…or at least threaten to (something tells me Mitch would cave pretty quickly if informed that the Federal Depository at Fort Knox was being closed and the gold being moved to…oh, I don’t know, maybe the blast resistant facility in West Virginia or similiar location.)
The only other thing I’m thinking these days is that maybe…this is what the Obama administration wants. In comments here and elsewhere, I’ve been arguing that, if you look at the record, the administration is actually moderate Republican. Of course, the Republiclown party itself has gone totally insane…
Moderate Republican…but still…and I hate to say this, but I think it’s true, still…weak and vacillating, as Raygun once described Jimmy Carter.
Also in comments here and elsewhere, I’ve been noting another frustrating element to this: if the Obama administration doesn’t succeed, it will not be moderate Republicanism that’s blamed, but liberal/progressive/”socialism” that takes it on the chin. Sort of like how Carter, who wasn’t very progressive at all (the original neo-liberal, if you ask me), became the loser face of liberalism.
So it goes.