I didn’t get a chance to watch Obama’s press conference live, but judging from the Twitter, I assumed that he had really screwed the pooch (this is a pretty representative sample). When I was finally able to watch the damn thing, I failed to see the FAIL. His message and reality lined up pretty closely: Republicans are completely wedded to tax increases for the rich, they held unemployment benefits hostage, not extending unemployment benefits in the worst recession in generations would be a tragedy, so Democrats compromised on the tax cut extension. Then, he issued an extremely mild rebuke to some members of the left wing of his party.
That, more than anything, seems to have upset the “professional left”. I know that phrase carries a lot of baggage, so I’m open to other suggestions for the shitheads who power stories like this primary challenge thumbsucker in today’s Times.
It is beyond parody that these idiots can experience the last two years of legislative gridlock and conclude that the proper response is to launch a primary challenge in 2012. You don’t have to be an O-bot to see that the biggest challenge to progressivism in this country is the Senate. Though it’s always given rural, conservative states a bigger voice in Congress, the aggressive use of the filibuster has turned it into the place where progressive legislation goes to die.
Most of the drama we experienced in the 111th Congress is directly related to the anachronistic rules of the Senate. If progressives need a windmill to tilt at, why not pick filibuster reform? Is it because it would take time, patience, subtlety and political cunning?