When I voted for Hope’n’Change two years ago, I didn’t think it would involve bribing the living shit out of every major stakeholder and interest group in the country. We used to have political leaders who would relish taking on unpopular special interests in the name of the public good. If anyone knows what happened to that sort of political courage, I’d be glad to know.
I remember Obama saying he would bring everyone to the table and work something out. To me, that was short hand for “I will bribe the shit out of every major stakeholder and interest group in the country.” The only question for me was if the bribery would yield a decent deal.
I think it has.