NYCweboy: Health Care Bill Part of the Endless Campaign
a good read:
It's tempting, in this, to blame the permanent campaign on the campaigners: in particular, I remain convinced that we are here, in no small measure because of Nancy Pelosi's leadership. With her roles as former fundraiser and local party Chair, I'm convinced that she reflects a partisan sense of policy held in service to party goals. She has made the narrow party-line vote into a necessity because the idea of comity and compromise across party lines serves no purpose in election results. And she can force members into line, essentially, by providing the resources needed for future elections. The circular elements feed themselves.
All of this, ultimately, is why I think so many progressives are aiming their energies in the wrong directions: passionate healthcare advocates miss the reality that radical, thoughtful proposals on broad change don't fit electoral goals; supporters of a Democratic majority miss the reality that "change" - the thematic glue of the Obama campaign - can't happen when the Party relies on legislative incumbency and status quo for success. And most of us in the general electorate, I think, try not to face the realities created by the needs of a permanent campaign: just who gives money, who gets access, what that access gives the people who want it.
There's more, give it a read!