Democrats commit suicide
by Kent, Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 01:29:36 PM EDT
With the near certain failure of healthcare reform, the Democratic party has decided that it no longer wants to be a Congressional majority. Jim DeMint was on the money when he said that healthcare reform would be "Obama's Waterloo". This now ensures that Obama will be a lame duck at least until 2012. Now, after seeing that Obama has caved on the issue that he decided to spend his last ounce of political capital on, Congress will now see him as nothing but a joke that can be rolled over. Now that healthcare reform is dead, Cap and Trade, repeal of DOMA and DADT, and repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are all dead. If Obama couldn't get Democrats to support healthcare, how will he ever get them to tackle issues that involve raising taxes and upsetting Evangelical Christians?
There are a couple of good things that we have gotten out of Obama's term. We have gotten Sonya Sotamayor on the Supreme Court, and were able to get an $800 billion stimulus package through Congress. The problem with the stimulus package is that once it starts to kick in and heal the economy, Republicans will likely take all the credit. The same thing happened after 1993 when Clinton pushed through a deficit reduction package through Congress and it revived the economy and balanced the budget. The Republican Congress pretty much took all the credit for that even though Democrats pushed it through.
Without healthcare reform, Democrats have decided that they will simply run a defensive campaign in 2010. You will see a lot of Democrats running ads saying that "I have taken on my own party. I even helped kill Obama's healthcare plan". This may well work, but it would have been a hell of a lot easier for them if they had something to run on rather than against.
We simply need to realize that most of the things we wanted to pass are probably going to have to wait until the next Democratic President, whenever that may be. This all shows that the 2008 election was not a realignment, but an aberration in what remains a stubbornly right leaning nation.