Revolving Villains, Distracting the Rubes
The corporate kleptocrats of the Senate Democratic Caucus were spending last week griping about Democratic losses in the November elections. As reported in Politico:
Senate Democrats — including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida — lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.
Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide
Let us pause for a moment and remember that the Senate while being the most worthless part of government is at the same time one of the most pernicious (and yes, I know that a good case could be made that the Supreme Court should hold that distinction). But just consider, here we have this institution filled with overly entitled gasbags and they are feeling unloved. That Obama man led them astray. And how did he do that? He created a toxic political environment.
Bill Nelson is a conservative Democrat, essentially a Republican. Barack Obama has run essentially a Republican administration for the last 2 years. Bipartisanship has been his mantra. He hasn't missed an opportunity to stick it to the Democratic base. He bailed out the banks. He sold out healthcare to the corps. He continued the wars. He has shown he doesn't give a flying fuck about tens of millions of un- and dis- employed. Ditto the millions underwater on their mortgages or facing foreclosure from swindling banks. Bill Nelson should be happy, right? This is his agenda.
But Americans hated it, and Democrats lost big in November. In the great scheme of the corporatist takeover of the country, replacing one set of corporatists with another doesn't mean much. But with regard to Washingon kabuki, it is an excuse for great angst, even if the angst isn't real.
In the shadow play of Washington political theater, it is all about revolving villains, or what used to be called passing the buck. Bill Nelson, this secular non-entity, criticizes Obama so maybe people will forget to criticize him, pathetic fraud that he is, for his criminal complicity in the looting of the country.
But note, it is not these looting policies Bill Nelson is against. It is rather this nebulous toxic environment, or to be blunt Obama's failure to razzle-dazzle the rubes, that has upset him so.
“There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”
The first rule of the con is to never admit the con. So we are told that the problem was not the message but how it was delivered. But here's the catch. Obama wasn't running in 2010. Democrats in the House and Senate were. The messaging was theirs. The record was theirs, and it stank. There's your toxic environment, Bill Nelson. It wasn't campaign atmospherics but the putrid contents of the Democratic agenda that did them in. But the Democrats are never going to admit this because that would be admitting the con.
The bottomline here is that there is a breathtaking disconnect from reality in these Congressional vent fests but it is a very cynical one. The Bill Nelsons with which the Democratic party is populated are pointing fingers because they have no intention of changing policies. They are not going to stop screwing us over. They are only pissed that we noticed.