Hillary and Obama: Change, Finally? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Glenn Greenwald drove the point home in his Salon blog this morning that the Democrats remain, under DLC leadership, tied to playing monkey-see/monkey-do with the GOP despite the fact that Republicans and their policies are reviled throughout the country.

Substantial attention has been paid to the historic unpopularity of the Bush presidency, but relatively little attention has been paid to the accompanying collapse of the Republican Party’s credibility. The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals that Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle every issue of any significance, including — by a now fairly wide margin — “the U.S. campaign against terrorism”…

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From a purely political perspective, one would expect that Democrats would seek to highlight contrasts with such an unpopular and discredited party, not to emulate and capitulate to it. Republicans are distrusted across the board, and thus — as the 2006 election demonstrated (in which Karl Rove made Terrorism-exploitation the campaign’s centerpiece) — the GOP’s standard fear-mongering tactics and accusatory attacks are plainly impotent, even counter-productive.

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But this is where the real lesson is to be found. The approval rating for Democrats in Congress has plummeted steadily since the American electorate gave them control of Congress in early 2007. Early on, ratings for Congressional Democrats were consistently near 50% as Americans had high hopes for their willingness to change the course of the country and place real limits on the deeply unpopular Republican policies. But as Congressional Democrats became more and more characterized by capitulation and an unwillingness to stand up to Republicans, their approval numbers steadily dropped to its current mark, just one point away from their lowest approval rating of the last 14 months.

Greenwald quotes polls and opinion surveys – and has been doing this for months – that track the deep unpopularity of the Pubs. It simply cannot be that the Democratic brain trust of pollsters and marketers are unaware of the numbers he cites, so what is the explanation for the Donkeys continual cowardice?

Simple. It isn’t cowardice. It’s Democratic Leadership Policy. Roped and hog-tied by a Likkud-thin minority of Blue Dog extremists, the Democratic party is currently in the virtual control of conservatives who think the way George W Bush thinks and want the same things (whatever they are) that the National Association of Manufacturers and the Corporate Chamber of Commerce want. If the Dems are deliberately ignoring increasingly unfavorable and unambiguous polls, it isn’t because they don’t understand them. It’s because they, like the Pubs, don’t give a damn. The party’s marching orders don’t come from us any more, they come from Rahm Emanuel’s list of corporate donors.

IOW, the “primary season” is now a Class A farce. We’ve been whittled down to two candidates, one a DLC Founder and the other the DLC’s latest Poster Boy, neither of whom has ever managed to vote against the Pub line whenever it mattered. They may talk a Good Game but when the rubber meets the road, they know who owns the car.

We, the people, no longer have an opposition party in the US because we no longer have a legitimate political system. It is owned and operated by MONEY, and no matter who the president is among this pathetic crew, s/he will know enough to do as s/he’s told.

A lot of people are kidding themselves that Hillary is a liberal and Obama is a breath of fresh air. They aren’t. They’re the same old show – with a new star and a new set, maybe, but the same old producers churning out the same old stale crap. Leno or Carson, The Tonight Show is still The Tonight Show with the same tired shtick.

It’s time for Greenwald – and the rest of us – to face the music:

Nobody’s representing us any more, and clearly no one is going to no matter who wins the Kabuki competition we’re laughingly calling an election. So what do we do now?

4 Responses to “Hillary and Obama: Change, Finally? Don’t Make Me Laugh”

  1. “Nobody’s representing us any more, and clearly no one is going to no matter who wins the Kabuki competition we’re laughingly calling an election. So what do we do now?”

    I’m still waiting for your answer on this.

  2. skippy says:

    hey, mick just wanted to say thanks for joining in blogroll amnestyday!

  3. mick says:

    I’m still waiting for your answer on this.

    Wish to hell I had one. I don’t know what the answer is but I know we have to start the discussion or we’ll never have one.

  4. Vicki McCollough says:

    IF OBAMA GETS ELECTED, GOD FORBID, THEN I HOPE HE TAKES ME BEFORE THEN. THE WORLD WILL SURELY BE CONDEMNED TO HELL IF THAT LYING, CHARMER, SNAKE GETS VOTED IN! IF IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN FOR (OPRAH) ENDORSING HIM & ALL HIS (BLACK) VOTERS, JUST WHERE WOULD HE BE?!!! HE HAS NO CLUE WHATSOEVER HOW TO RUN THIS COUNTRY! I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE (AMERICAN) PEOPLE? HOW BLIND-SIGHTED THEY ARE! IN MY OPINION, (SUPER DELEGATES) SHOULD NOT AT ALL HAVE THE FINAL SAY!!!! AFTERALL, IT’S US VOTERS WHO HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE SO-CALLED GOVERMENT RULES! HEY AMERICANS! IF THE LYING CREEP OBAMA GETS IN, THEN KISS YOUR FREEDOM GOOD-BYE!

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