by John Hawkins | July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
It’s fair to say that some conservatives expect too much out of Republicans from liberal states or districts, but only the complete blockheads would go this far,
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos blog and an organizer of the first such annual conference five years ago, said he and his followers are disinclined to help Democratic candidates simply to preserve the party’s big majorities.
“There’s a lot of Democrats I’ll be happy to see go,” Moulitsas said in an interview. “I’ll celebrate when Blanche Lincoln is out of the Senate. There is a price to be paid for inaction and incompetence. We’re not getting much done with 59 [Democratic senators], so if we’re down to 54, who cares?”
Moulitsas went on to suggest that a smaller Democratic majority in the House might be better for advancing a more progressive agenda. “If 20 Blue Dogs lost their seats, nobody’s going to care,” he said. “That’s their problem and I’m not going to cry about them. To me, a more cohesive caucus might be a better deal moving forward than one in which the Blue Dogs need to be appeased.”
It was understandable when conservatives were angry after the Bush years. They felt like the GOP had the House, the Senate, and the presidency and conservatism still went backwards. Government got bigger, spending went up, and the only major piece of conservative legislation that was passed were tax cuts with an expiration date.
On the other hand, you have to go all the way back to the Johnson Administration to see the kind of legislative lurch to the Left that has occurred under Obama. And for it to occur, a lot of blue dog Democrats had to take politically suicidal votes on legislation that was generally unpopular in America and particularly unpopular in their districts.
Take Blanche Lincoln, for example. Did she vote for TARP (Yes, I know it started under Bush, but it’s still going and it’s more popular with libs than conservatives)? Yes. The stimulus? Yes. Cash for Clunkers? Yes. Health care? Yes.
But, she opposed a public option, she’s not in favor of card check, and she’s against cap and trade. The libs hate her because of that. But, the reality is that she destroyed her political career to support even the programs that she did. She’s down by 20 points right now to John Boozman and it would take a miracle to save her seat. What’s the point of having a candidate who agrees with you on every issue who can’t get elected? It would be like running a Jim DeMint clone in Maine — a waste of time.
Let me also add that all the remaining legislation that the Left wants — like Card Check, a bigger stimulus, cap and trade, comprehensive immigration reform, etc. — will be dead on arrival after all those blue dogs are replaced by Republicans. In other words, if they’re unhappy now, they’re going to be really unhappy from here on out because barring unforeseen events, this is probably going to one of those once every half a decade moments in the sun that each party gets experience. (PS: Don’t get too excited, conservatives, because ours was Reagan).
Here’s the reality that people like Kos don’t comprehend: Not only does liberalism not work, not only is it a cruel and uncaring ideology, it isn’t popular. If the American people had realized how liberal Barack Obama really was, he would have lost the election. Moreover, they understand very well what the Democratic agenda is and they aren’t punishing the Democrats for not pushing more of it through; they’re punishing them because they hate what they’ve done so far.
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