Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brown and SCOTUS ruling perfect excuse for Dems in Congress to sit back and do nothing?

It's sure looking as if the Democrats in Congress are determined not to accomplish anything with a bigger majority than Bush ever had. Basically making wimpiness and defeatism a fulltime profession. Healthcare seems dead in the water, despite talk of getting something enacted through the reconciliation process. Apparently it's a view shared on the inside. Josh Marshall recently posted a sad and poignant email from an anonymous Senate Democratic staffer reflecting on the current Democratic Party meltdown.
The worst is that I can't help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done. While I always thought we had the better ideas but the weaker messaging, it feels like somewhere along the line Members internalized a belief that we actually have weaker ideas. They're afraid to actually implement them and face the judgement of the voters. That's the scariest dynamic and what makes me think this will all come crashing down around us in November.
Don't hold your breath for anything to change anytime soon. Increasingly Members' attention will turn to the fall elections, ensuring even more paralysis -- especially in view of the Supreme Court's landmark campaign finance ruling liberating the corporate power of the purse.
"The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," Obama said after the 5-4 ruling that divided the nation's high court along conservative and liberal lines.

"It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans," Obama said.
Politicians will be even more afraid of angry voters eager to vent their frustrations. Corporations will be flexing their newly enhanced financial muscle. Reform? What reform?

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