Needless to say, I’m disgusted by the amendment introduced by Democratic Congressvermin Bart Stupak which would effectively make most abortions not covered by health insurance, even though many are now. Given the tremendous numbers of women who have had an abortion, it’s not like he’s going to put a dent in the ‘problem’–women will still become pregnant, still want to become unpregnant, and still have abortions. It’s just some will have to go into debt. So I suggest, if you can afford it, hopping on over to Planet Parenthood, and making a donation in honor of Bart Stupak (Tbogg has the details).
But, once again, the Democrats have managed to demobilize their rank and file. Do they really think that the Democrats and independents who busted their asses for them wanted to restrict access to abortion? Really? Do they think that enacting the other party’s agenda will lead to electoral success? Because this seems to be the strategy. And it’s not working: recent polling data indicates that Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Deeds got clobbered because people who voted for Obama in 2008 didn’t vote for Deeds in 2009. Why?
Because he wasn’t progressive enough.
More important than the politics, however, is the policy. Ian Welsh:
Americans may self identify however they want, but on more key issues than not, whatever their delusional self identification may be, they agree with progressive policy positions more than they do with conservative ones.
More to the point, if Obama does not do effective policy, which is to say liberal policy, because reality is much closer to how liberals describe it than how “conservatives” describe it, his policies will be ineffective. No one is going to care whether he followed moderate, conservative or liberal policies if they’re unemployed or poorer than they were when he took office.
Conversely, if he followed actual liberal policies, and they worked, and everyone was prosperous, he’d get reelected. Especially since no matter what he does, he’s going to be smeared as the biggest liberal since Carter (who, of course, was not very liberal.)…
Reality is liberal. “Conservative” policies do not work. If tjxfh is right (I don’t think he is, but if he is) then the US is screwed, blued and tattooed, because what Obama is doing will not work (yes, there will be a short term bounce, as I predicted last year, but so what, Bush had bounces too). Obama’s policies lead directly to the next crisis. They cause it.
What too many Democratic politicians seem to have forgotten is that the bills they pass actually have to work. If it’s bad legislation, voters won’t care.