…because progressives are going to be in the wilderness for at least the next six years anyway.
Via Hot Air Headlines, it’s an entertaining article, assuming that you’re into alternate universes where the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has not been the greatest disaster for African-Americans (in both politics, and general well-being) since the 1876 Presidential election*. The major problem for the Democrats is that they’re not really confident that there’s going to be a fourth wave of House seat flips in a row any time soon and the 2012 and 2014 Senate election cycles are looking very, very, very, very lopsided. Put plainly: there’s a ton of Democratic Senators in office who probably shouldn’t be, and we’re going to test that in two and four years. So… TNR wants progressives to suck it up and do whatever Barack Obama wants them to, like good little soldiers.
Frankly, win-win for us: either progressives will, in which case they’ve signed on to following the instructions of somebody who doesn’t have a clue how to run anything bigger than a… who doesn’t have a clue how to run anything; or progressives won’t, in which case the next two years will be an endless Dark Carnival of Red Despair for the Other Side. Should be a hoot either way.
*Short version: the racial gerrymandering that it mandates virtually forces African-American voters to keep ‘choosing’ the same handpicked, venal, and generally incompetent Democratic ‘Representatives’ decade after decade, until the Representative a) dies; b) gets indicted; or c) moves on to lose a statewide election. And the Republican party usually cheerfully acquiesces in this practice, damn their – our – eyes; because creating these districts usually lets us draw a Congressional District or two that’s extra-favorable to us. It’s not really one of the finer aspects of American democracy, although at least white Republican voters will vote for African-American Republicans – unlike white Democratic ones, who generally decline to vote for African-Americans** at all.
What, you don’t believe me? Go ask Artur Davis or Kendrick Meek. God knows that they have plenty of free time these days.
**Sorry, bub: Barack Obama ran on that entire ‘post-racial’ thing. Mostly because he’s about as authentically African-American as I am.