Comment of the day
On the DU thread entitled Why is the lie that we needed 60 votes to pass a public option so widely accepted here, sppears a one-paragraph explanation of the last two and a half years:
67. Democrats prefer to lose
Democratic party politicians are in an unenviable position. They must convince people that they are fighting for the everyday working class people while they are actually working for the wealthy few. This is a delicate balancing act. When they gain power, as in 2006 and 2008, they have an enormous problem because people have an expectation that they will actually do something to benefit the working class people. Convoluted and improbable excuses and rationales must be concocted lest people see through the ruse. Of course, part of the game is denying that any of this is going on. It was remarkable to see the relief - almost glee - among party politicians, flacks and liberal pundits after the 2010 drubbing. They paid lip service to being unhappy over the results, yes. But they were very happy to be back in their comfort zone and go back to pointing the finger at the Republicans and claiming impotence and to blaming the general public for the state of the country.
This is rapidly becoming the default narrative on the independent left web, and about time, too. How to combat it is of course the real challenge.