As long as Tim has broken the bad news embargo, I thought I’d pipe in with something that drives me nuts. I like Howard Dean fine, but what does this even mean?
If we were Republicans this bill would be done.
He’s referring to the health care bill of course, but in what universe would Republicans be trying to pass a bill like this in the first place? I know, I know, it’s a big give away to insurance companies, the Republicans did Medicare Part D blah blah blah. Seriously, though, here on planet earth, the Republicans would not be trying to pass a bill that provides $100 billion a year in subsidies for lower income Americans to buy health insurance.
I’m not saying that makes it a good bill, but it does make it the kind of bill Republican wouldn’t try to pass. Talking about what a great job the Republicans would do passing a bill like this one is like talking about what a great job Genghis Khan would do running the Peace Corps.
I’ve been hearing this for years, Democrats need to run their party the way the Republicans run theirs. Liberals need their own Fox News.
It’s bullshit. It’s been 80 years since Republicans had the kind of Congressional majorities that Democrats have right now. They had a good run in presidential elections, but that was mostly based on nasty tricks and Lee Greenwood songs. That’s no way to build an actual governing coalition. And if it’s true that Washington is wired for Republican control, that’s more a function of think tanks and media than of overwhelming electoral supremacy.
The modern Republican party has never been a real majority party and it probably never will be. Democrats have been for stretches and have a chance to be again right now.
IIt’s a big mistake to confuse what Bush “accomplished” with what Obama is attempting to do right now. Democrats may be fuck-ups, don’t get me wrong. But it’s a lot easier to burn down a house then it is to build one.