Reality Check

Despite the empty promise of a magical unity pony being giddily floated by the Very Serious Set (sample conventional wisdom: “[t]he big argument for centrist governance is that nothing significant can be achieved in Washington without bipartisan support, without members in both parties owning a stake”) politics, as they say, ain’t bean bag. Sooner or later it’s gonna once again get real ugly in Washington and, as Digby observes, nakedly partisan:

Considering that the Republican party really has been purged of moderates now, I’d say that the GOP is going to be the much bigger roadblock to compromise than the left. They’re more radical than ever. The Republican party is now led by Rush Limbaugh. There’s nobody else. And when Obama reaches out his hand to Rush Limbaugh he’s going to get it whacked off with a chainsaw, at which point, these villagers (who haven’t even considered this political problem) are going to blame Obama for being unable to govern in a bipartisan fashion.

All over television this morning the gasbags seemed convinced that Obama had been elected to stop the left from ruining the country. And when it turns out to actually be his supposedly cooperative new partners in governance — the right — that stands in his way, they will blame him for being too far left. It’s a trap.

Something tells me Digby has a Scrying pool somewhere on the grounds of her palatial estate, because the preceding sounds like an all-too-plausible dispatch from the near future. Look, change is not magic, nor is it going to bestowed upon us from on high by any individual, remarkable as he or she may be. It is going to take some hard goddamn work from the ground up and from all of us to move forward with a progressive agenda in the US, Canada and the rest of the world (or, at the very least, put a stop on the regressive course of the past 40 looooong years of movement conservative ascendancy.)

Party time’s over, kids; time to take a deep breath, roll up our sleeves and once again get down to the dirty business of making a better world. We’ve been given an opportunity. Let’s not squander it.

2 Responses to “Reality Check”

  1. tas says:

    One possibility to remedy the situation: Reid can move to kill the 40 vote rule on filibusters. Therefore limiting the Republicans Congressional power to zilch.

    I’m not sure how comfortable I’d be with this, though… Democratically speaking, the minority party was elected to office and does deserve a voice. But filibustering has also traditionally been used in moderation and rare cases until now, where the Republicans use it for Every. Single. Bill. It’s getting fucking ridiculous.

    A middle of the road solution could work here — and be fair. Reid could tell Senate Republicans that they have X amount of filibusters to use per Congressional session. If they go over the limit, Senate rules get changed and they lose filibustering rights altogether.

  2. radical_Moderate says:

    After Luger’s emphatic NO to any suggestion of taking a cabinet position in an Obama Presidency, I myself am wondering which Republicans Obama will get to work in his government (outgoing Chuck Hagel and?) As for bi-partisanship, I too am in doubt after Boehner’s in your face OP-ED in WAPO a couple of days ago; Boehner was basically promising to obstruct the Obama agenda…

    One thing that needs to be emphasized: we need to organize around every Bill that Obama gets put before Congress by emailing, or calling our Reps (especially the Republicans, my rep is Dave Richert) and urging that they vote YES…if we can get enough constituents to do so, we might effect a positive outcome. The point is, that this blog and others like it still have a job to do even though our man is now President Elect.)

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