In a 17,000-plus-word piece published in The Nation on Thursday, journalist Eric Alterman calls the Obama presidency “a big disappointment” for progressives and blames a broken system in Washington that he says allows the minority party to rule with impunity — and special interests and big money to dictate legislative policy.
They’ve got 255/177 in the House, 58/41 in the Senate, and one of their guys in the White House, you know. That’s normally what one would think of as being a pretty substantial majority: if the GOP had those kinds of numbers we’d do anything that we damned well pleased. In fact, when we did have those kinds of numbers we largely did anything that we damned well pleased. But then, when it comes to the comfortable exercise of power we don’t, well, suck*.
Annnnd that’s the fundamental problem for the Democratic party right there: their leadership is fundamentally incapable of running the country properly. Probably because they take progressive tripe like the above seriously.
Ach, well, self-correcting problem.
*Yes, it’s bad to suck at it. Examine the annals of the 110th and 111th Congress for multiple examples of why.