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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Jan. 7th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Devil's Advocate Anyone???
To be more precise, due to the deaths of Senator's Kennedy and Byrd and the subsequent appointments and special elections to fill their seats, and the challenge to Senator Franken's election which delayed his being sworn in by six months, the Democratic Caucus in the Senate only had a filibuster-proof majority for 96 days that the Senate was in session. Even on those 96 days, they only needed one member of their caucus to split or abstain to eliminate that 60 vote majority. In a caucus that includes Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, and Blanche Lincoln amongst others, good luck to any leadership holding that group together in support of a truly progressive bill.

I wish they had been able to pass more progressive health reform personally, but that said, I was impressed (bordering on amazed) that they were able to pass anything at all given the history of the issue for the past 100 years or so and the hyper-partisan climate in the senate at the time.


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