Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama and Democrats - Not Good At Politics

I believe I've said it before, but Democrats seem to be horrible at politics (I can't find any blog posts on it, but a search through my chat records show I say it all the time). It just boggles the mind they can be so incompetent.

Dems won a majority in House and Senate and took the Whitehouse on a campaign for change. What do we have?
  • Guantanamo still open.
  • Gays still not allowed in the military
  • We're still in Iraq (the current plan leaves <50,000 in Iraq)
  • Health care reform dead (60% people have said for years they want universal health care)
  • Biggest financial crisis since 1928 and no reform for Wall Street (maybe a tax on bonuses, BFD)
Paul Krugman reacts to Obama's state of the union speech, specifically regarding Obama said he'll freeze government spending. Krugman writes:
[I]t’s a spectacular demonstration of Obama’s failure to change the narrative. Not only is he accepting the general Republican world view, he’s parroting their dumb attacks on his own policies.
So true. One thing goes wrong and Democrats all over are embracing Republican policies. Eh? This is crazy talk.

And I thought Jon Stewart's analysis of Democrat's reaction to losing the Senate race in Massachusetts was spot on. The Democrats are acting like the Republicans have the majority with 41 seats, and are acting like they need Republican permission to do anything. Jon nails it when he says to Democrats, "No matter what you do, the Republicans are never going to let you into the station wagon. They're never going to let you in!" (at 3:00 in the video).

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Heck, Jon couldn't be more right on his January 18th show (@10:00) when he ranted about how poorly the Democrats are playing politics:

This isn't about Republicans playing checkers while Democrats play chess. This is Republicans playing chess while Democrats are in the nurses office because, once again, they've glued their balls to their thighs.

And, lastly, I wholeheartedly with David Brin's post on the difference between the Democrat and Republican parties. My summary would be that Republicans stick together and Democrats can't unify on anything.

It's a sad state of affairs, and it's looking to get a whole lot worse...

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