Why does Big Tent Democrat hate the unity pony?
Kudos to TalkLeft for their great debate coverage. Hot, hot, hot! The Blogger Formerly Known as Armando* writes:
The Big Issue: Competing Theories of Change
I thought one of the most important differences was the differing theories of change articulated by Obama and Clinton. But maybe my eyes and ears deceived me.
On the critical question of how to effect change, I found these statements particularly noteworthy. From Obama:
... Changes are only going to come about if we're able to form a working coalition for change.
if we can't inspire the American people to get involved in their government and if we can't inspire them to go beyond the racial divisions and the religious divisions and the regional divisions that have plagued our politics for so long, then we will continue to see the kind of gridlock and nonperformance in Washington that is resulting in families suffering in very real ways.
A working coalition with who? This is always the nub of the question for me with Senator Obama's theory of change.
Is it really racial and regional divisions that block a progressive agenda on Washington? Does Obama REALLY believe that Republicans have nothing to do with it? That it will only take a Kumbaya moment to convince them that progressives are right on the issues?
If Obama were right about the problem of solution, then Joe Lieberman (Obama's mentor) and Tom Daschle (who lost Congress in 2002) would already have been able to accomplish what Obama claims to want to do.
Clinton is more realistic:
Senator Clinton's statements on how to effect change just are more realistic and appealing in my opinion:
CLINTON: It is not enough to say, "Let's come together." We know we're going to have to work hard to overcome the opposition of those who do not want the changes to get to universal health care.
You know, when I proposed a universal health care plan, as did Senator Edwards, we took a big risk, because we know it's politically controversial to say we're going to cover everyone.
And you chose not to do that. You chose to put forth a health care plan that will leave out at least 15 million people. That's a big difference.
When I said we should put a moratorium on home foreclosures, basically your response was, well, that wouldn't work.
And, you know, in the last week, even President Bush has said we have to do something like that.
But then we've got to do the hard work of not just bringing the country together, but overcoming a lot of the entrenched opposition to the very ideas that both of us believe in, and for some of us [heh] have been fighting for, for a very long time.
This is the most profound difference between the candidates in my mind. I noted it last night during my live blog. At this point, strike that, at ANY POINT, no one has paid attention to this difference except to praise Obama to the heaven for his High Broderism. Not one Fighting Dem blogs cares about this theory of change anymore.
And if the Hillary campaign has any sense, they will hammer, hammer, hammer on this point. It's not enough to write the word change on a piece of paper, xerox it, and then run it through the teleprompter in a rock and roll-sized arena. Eh?
NOTE How odd. Another refugee from Axelrod's shop.
NOTE I should clarify that BTD is an Obama supporter. But he still hates the Unity Pony! Remarkable.