June 18, 2009

I'LL SEE YOUR RINO AND RAISE YOU A TRAITOR:

Bring on the Traitor Democrats: Who cares if Obama's electoral coalition is fragile? Democrats need to run against other Democrats to push Congress to the left. (Matthew Yglesias, 2/18/09, Daily Beast)

To some, a popular president elected by a strong majority of the voters and backed by a majority in the House and 59 co-partisans in the Senate ought to have his program sailing through. The reality is quite a bit different. The legislative prospects for the kind of strong climate-change bill Obama campaigned on look fairly bleak. The administration recently backed off its original idea of completely overhauling the structure of American financial regulation once it became clear that Congress wouldn't support it. And while the odds of health care reform legislation passing look fairly good, Obama's proposals for paying for it were rejected out of hand on the Hill, and it seems reasonably likely that the administration may not achieve several of its key subsidiary goals. This has led some like Reuter's Felix Salmon to wonder what Obama's doing wrong, but the reality is simply that the situation is not as favorable as it seems.

Getting members of Congress to do what you want is hard. But more primaries on the Democratic side would probably make it easier.


For both the Left and the Right the very fact of electability is an indictment.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2009 1:51 PM
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