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I hate to say it... [Jan. 22nd, 2010|08:41 am]
Yesterday, I went jogging, and at about minute 15, I was really feeling it. I wanted to stop, but I also wanted to keep pushing myself, because I knew this was the kind of discomfort that builds muscle, not the kind that means you should worry about injury.

So, I started thinking to myself, "Come on, you can do this. What do you think you are? The Democratic Party, giving up when things get tough?"

That led to a blog post yesterday, and a mild change in attitude.

Does everyone out there realize that the Democrats can still pass meaningful health care reform if they want to? If they want it badly enough to take risks, and do what's right, even if it could cause the Republicans to be nasty to them and the press to savage them?

(As if the Republicans wouldn't savage them anyway!)

Does everyone out there realize that their credibility as a positive force rests on their doing this? I mean, this is something they've insisted we need for generations. They *can* do it - they can pass the Senate bill, and then fix it via reconciliation, since they were too stupid to enforce party discipline earlier. They can pass some major, meaningful reforms via reconciliation - Medicare buy-in, and Medicaid for a higher percentage of the poverty level. The can propose the most popular parts of the bill as separate issues, and force votes on them, and let the Republicans take a stand and vote *against* them. They'll either break ranks, or be on the record as opposing those reforms.

The Democrats have this - but only if they really want it.

Right now, let's face it. They don't want it. Not if it's going to be *hard*. Not if it's not *comfortable*. They'd rather play wounded puppy and show their belly and beg the big bad wolf not to tear their throat out.

Let's face it. If they don't pass this, the only thing they have going for them is that they're not Republicans - and we know the Republicans will legalize torture, whitewash domestic spying in violation of the law, and engage in warfare that's pointless and hideously expensive... but if they *say* they'll do something, at least you know they're going to do their damnedest to get it done!

Howard Dean made the best point about the Massachusetts election that I've seen, and I'm convinced he's right. The reason a Republican won is because the Democrats had a full frikkin' *year* to pass health care reform, and they've diddled around with it and haven't even shown any real will to get it done. Not by August; not by Christmas; not by the New Year; Not by the State of the Union. I don't blame folks for being ticked off.

Enough folks who supported a strong public option voted for Brown to swing the election; do you think Brown would have won if the Democrats hadn't tossed the public option to satisfy Holy Joe Lieberman, who was for Medicare buy-in before he was against it?

I doubt it.

It's times like this that I'm *damn* glad I decided I'd never be a Democrat. It's sickening enough to watch them - I'd have to engage in self-loathing if I was *part* of them.

From: kightp
2010-01-23 12:12 am (UTC)
It says something about the state of things that it took a self-described conservative blogger to fully articulate my own feelings about this mess, while most of the liberal blogs continue dithering, carping and beating their breasts.

Having made some donations to the Dems over the past couple of years, I've been getting *flooded* with fund-raising phone calls and emails. A couple of nights ago I got one on behalf of the DNS, and took the occasion to politely but in-no-uncertain-terms let them know exactly *why* I wasn't donating. The phone-bank volunteer paused, and in a wistful voice replied, "yeah, I know what you mean."
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2010-01-29 12:18 pm (UTC)

Dems and giving up.

I'm a donating, volunteering and organizing member of the Democratic party. And I'm terribly disappointed in my party.

I'm not sure that's self-loathing... but it is somewhat destructive to the party.
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