Someone said in another thread I should be more positive, but I can’t. I’m just not feeling it.
I’ve never seen a bunch of more hopeless, cynical, feckless, and criminally useless people than the Senate Democrats. And I think Glenn Greenwald is probably absolutely right:
This is what the Democratic Party does; it’s who they are. They’re willing to feign support for anything their voters want just as long as there’s no chance that they can pass it. They won control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections by pretending they wanted to compel an end to the Iraq War and Bush surveillance and interrogation abuses because they knew they would not actually do so; and indeed, once they were given the majority, the Democratic-controlled Congress continued to fund the war without conditions, to legalize Bush’s eavesdropping program, and to do nothing to stop Bush’s habeas and interrogation abuses (“Gosh, what can we do? We just don’t have 60 votes).
The primary tactic in this game is Villain Rotation. They always have a handful of Democratic Senators announce that they will be the ones to deviate this time from the ostensible party position and impede success, but the designated Villain constantly shifts, so the Party itself can claim it supports these measures while an always-changing handful of their members invariably prevent it. One minute, it’s Jay Rockefeller as the Prime Villain leading the way in protecting Bush surveillance programs and demanding telecom immunity; the next minute, it’s Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer joining hands and “breaking with their party” to ensure Michael Mukasey’s confirmation as Attorney General; then it’s Big Bad Joe Lieberman single-handedly blocking Medicare expansion; then it’s Blanche Lincoln and Jim Webb joining with Lindsey Graham to support the de-funding of civilian trials for Terrorists; and now that they can’t blame Lieberman or Ben Nelson any longer on health care (since they don’t need 60 votes), Jay Rockefeller voluntarily returns to the Villain Role, stepping up to put an end to the pretend-movement among Senate Democrats to enact the public option via reconciliation.
And that is what it is- a pretend movement. That is why the WH refuses to play along with them, because they know the votes aren’t there. No amount of public pressure is going to get the votes, because we are dealing with folks who just don’t care what you or I think. Period. I’m to the point now that I think the Senate is only floating the public option to fire up the House and make them more opposed to any bill without a public option, so that way they can blame the house for no bill passing when the Senate public option effort fails.
I know it is fashionable to beat up on Joe Lieberman, but honestly, I’ve seen nothing the past few months that makes him any worse than the rest of the centrists. If anything, he is just more upfront about the fact that he is just doing things to piss people off. Evan Bayh is so upset with the lack of bipartisanship that he is going to quit and reward the GOP with a seat for their obstructionism. That is the kind of quality thinking we get from the centrists.
So basically, we successfully vilified the insurance companies, got the house to pass the public option, got the public to support a public option, and ten unnamed Dems in the Senate will scuttle it, leading to the inevitable death of the whole bill in the House. And should a miracle happen, Bart Stupak and the C-Street goons are waiting in the wings to get their fetus fetish on.
I wish Obama would live up to the reputation the wingnut bloggers have given him and just nationalize the whole damned thing.