My first post since October... frankly I've been punked on politics for two months. It's been a welcome relief from the intensity of the two year presidential campaign and the first year of President Obama's term. I have been following the issues and doing a lot of reading and reflecting. I'm back, refreshed and ready for a more moderate but steady pace in the political arena. Thanks for reading..... and now....
Look who's hijacked the health-care debate! I'm following David Sirota (you should too) this morning and he's all a-twitter (no pun intended) about the letter written several months ago during the house debate that was signed by 60 Democrats indicating that ANY bill without a public option would be "unacceptable." The debate is now fully engaged between the "savvy" DC elite and the progressives in the rest of the country. Firedoglake is breathing fire condemning the bill, Rahm Emanuel is breathing fire condemning FDL and the rest of progressive blogsphere, Nate Silver is councelling caution, David Sirota is saying yes....but maybe no, and on and on.
What's happening here? It's all progressives all the time. Conservatives and Republicans are on the sidelines, largely by choice, with no voice in the debate. Their political play of lock-step negativity has cast them out of the kingdom. It's left now to progressives, liberals, blue dogs and the DC elite to hash out the health care reform into something that can reach the President's desk for a signature.
I love this kind of change. It's what we voted for. President Obama has a calm steady hand on the wheel, plowing slowly and inexorably down the middle of the political spectrum, allowing progressives to do what they do, while always acknowledging the other levers of power. Brilliant! Progressives are pissed, Conservatives are pissed, nobody is getting everything they want, again.... Brilliant!
Let the debate continue. Poker played for the highest stakes imaginable. Remember that the rhetoric being shouted back and forth is now between players on the same team. Threatening to walk away is a part of the game. Fierce debate among progressives will finally give us a realistic picture of what we are arguing about. Real issues that concern all citizens. It's what Democrats do. Again.... change we can believe in.