Go big or you are going home, Obama.
Warning: Democrats are losing the votes of young adults:
"The reason this is happening is the recession, and the perception that Democrats are not doing enough to fix it. There is a feeling that Democrats tricked people into thinking that they were going to make big changes to the country, and then failed to make those changes."
The austere, wrong-about-everything assholes still rule our world.
Rahmism - NYTimes.com:
"This theory led to a strategy of playing it safe: never put forward proposals that might fail to pass, avoid highlighting the philosophical differences between the parties. There was never an appreciation of the risks of having policies too weak to do the job.
And then it led the administration to keep claiming that the legislation it had gotten through was just right, long past the point when it was obvious that the policies were inadequate.
And they’re still doing it. This is crazy: when you’re well down in the polls, minimal steps that won’t move the economy and won’t grab voters’ imagination are just a way of guaranteeing a devastating defeat.
I can understand why the people who persuaded Obama to go for the capillaries might still be claiming that they have the right strategy; bu I don’t understand why Obama is still listening to them."
Again, thanks Obama. Heckuva job.
Daily Kos: Unilateral Disarmament Has Destroyed the Democrats:
"President Obama spent the first two years of his administration practicing political unilateral disarmament. He laid down his arms to reach out to Republicans, and they ripped his arms off and clubbed him over the head with them.
This idea of playing patty-cakes with the Republicans is enormously na�ve. When is this administration going to get it through their thick skulls that they will never work with you?!"
Posted in 2003 by the departed Steve Gilliard. Still so very relevant today, unfortunately.
THE NEWS BLOG:
"It was the liberals who opposed the Nazis while the conservatives were plotting to get their brown shirts or fund Hitler. It was the liberals who warned about Spain and fought there, who joined the RAF to fight the Germans, who brought democracy to Germany and Japan. Let us not forget it was the conservatives who opposed defending America until the Germans sank our ships. They would have done nothing as Britain came under Nazi control. It was they who supported Joe McCarthy and his baseless, drink fueled claims.
Without liberals, there would be no modern America, just a Nazi sattlelite state. Liberals weak on defense? Liberals created America's defense. The conservatives only need vets at election time.
It is time to stop looking for an accomodation with the right. They want none for us. They want to win, at any price. So, you have a choice: be a fighting liberal or sit quietly. I know what I am, what are you?"
Daily Kos: This will likely get me into trouble...
Now it's two years later, and I'm reading an e-mail about GoTV, and can I contribute, and all I can think is 'I've got a solution for your GoTV problems, and it won't cost you a dollar. Have a pen? Start by: - ripping Simpson out of the Catfood Commission; with a crowbar if necessary - not terminating federal employees because Glen Beck says you should - not going before the supreme court to fight legal trials for the Guantanamo prisoners - fighting for healthcare. Not 'giving away the store and calling it a win' healthcare - fighting for financial reform. Not 'giving away the store… (you get the idea) - Not seeking compromise for it's own sake, especially when it's so clearly uncalled for. And then seeking it again, and again… - not being so wishy-washy on gay marriage and DADT that I can find Republicans who're more progressive than you. - Calling out the war architects for their utter and resounding failures, instead of giving them an OVERWHELMING free-pass. [note: someone out there is thinking 'well, he's a forward looking president…' I get that, but look at the news cycle this past day and you tell me if you think this was a good idea] - NOT whining about having a maybe maybe-not 60 vote majority - I don't recall this being a problem for Republicans. Further, don't chalk this up to 'well, they aren't playing by the rules…' because shame on you for not thinking of this when they were in power, as apparently you could've spared us the major abuses of the Bush years. - standing up and saying 'dammit it's a community center, not a mosque, and even if it were a mosque this is America, and so long as you have a permit you can build whatever you like - grow up people' - Lastly, picking a fight. I mean it, a real fight. I knock down, spitting, cursing, MOTIVATING fight. Pick something - something overwhelming. Something just plain huge - the biggest, baddest issue we're facing, and run at it full steam. Try to pass a budget with a trillion dollars set aside for job retraining and housing assistance for the poor, another trillion for rebuilding the power grid and bridges, and revoking the corporate liability shield so 'I didn't know my company was committing crimes' doesn't fly, or raising the tax rate on incomes over 10 million dollars to 50%.