Today marks the first year anniversary of The Carebear’s inauguration. It was a year ago today that we watched — with great joy — our first black president take the oath of office from our stumbling and bumbling wingnut Chief Justice John “Liza with a Z” Roberts.
I think it is safe to say that all of us were filled with a certain amount of pride, and maybe some unreasonable amount of hope. Somehow we had survived Chimpy’s Reign of Error. I remember some earnest discussion of the fear that somehow, Blam-Blam would orchestrate a coup, but it was all unfounded (although he has not gone quietly into that good night, so to speak).
And so the Obama fan boys waited with baited breath for the unicorns to appear. They have not. Others of us waited for the indictments for crimes that the previous administration committed to appear, and they have not. Some realists with lower expectations waited for signs of incremental progress to appear, and to some degree they have. For instance, The Carebear kept his promise to send more troops to Afghanistan. And that’s about the only campaign promise (of any prominence) he has kept.
The Carebear’s actions to date have almost no relationship to his tag line of Change that you can believe in, that is, unless you are a Wall Street Banker, or some other big donor class campaign contributor and corporatist. His position during the campaign was as a corporate-friendly slightly left of center candidate, and his actions to date have been what you would expect of such a person. And he quickly ditched his base who worked so hard to get him elected.
And then last night happened…
The common inside-the-beltway wisdom and the chatter from the pundits in the media are all declaring that this is a wake-up call for the Dims (oh crap, I gotta take a shot of booze!), and that they must accept the GOP’s agenda and move to the right. Now then, no one knows what the GOP’s agenda is — none of ‘em have offered up a single concrete proposal on HCR, for instance. Just opposition. And honey, no one does oppo better than the GOP. They don’t know how to govern (and don’t seem to care much), it’s all about noise and fury. And money.
The same Chattering Classes are telling us that without the 60 Senators, HCR is dead. Well, the Dims only had the 60-seat supermajority for about 4 months: anyone remember how long it took to seat Al Franken? When did Arlen Spector switch sides? There was that whole Bloggo thing… and honestly, what good did it do the Dims to have the supermajority when Traitor Joe and Ben Nelson decided to extort the entire country? Something still came out of the end of the meat grinder, just something no one really liked.
Also, remember Chimpy McStagger? Chimpy never had the magic number of GOPers in the Senate (in fact he had 17 fewer GOPers than Obama has Dims right now), and yet he managed to wreak havoc on the country and the world for eight terrible years. The GOP used Reconciliation to cut the Dims out of the process all the time; the Dims can do this too.
So, no, the end is not neigh. It is pretty much the same as it was yesterday and the day before that. Quit your hand wringing. If you are absolutely dejected, call your representatives and tell them to buck up. Call your Senators and tell them that you are watching them, too.
And if you can stomach it, call The Carebear. Tell him to lead for once. If he wants something, he has to fight for it, because the craven and cowardly Dims are going to leave him high and dry. And frankly, he deserves it.