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Has anyone else noticed that the Democrats are already screwing the pooch for the 2012 elections? While we should rightly be humbled after Tuesday’s losses, we should not be buying into this self-proclaimed Teapublican mandate bullsh*t.

Failing to Finish Off the 2010 Elections

While Democrats are busy trying to figure out what went wrong, how to fix it, or just kissing up to the non-existent mandate, the Teapublicans are busy trying to convince the American People that the American People really did give them a mandate.  They’re trying to make us feel good about our new purchase after the sale. That’s smart marketing, especially when the American People, as a whole, really didn’t buy the product in the first place.  

ATTENTION DEMOCRATIC LEADERS: Get out there and start convincing the American People that they just got hoodwinked by a bunch of extremists. In sports proper “follow through” is coached constantly and in the aftermath of the election the Teapublicans are doing just that. Unfortunately Democrats are actually helping them follow through instead of disrupting it.

Giving into Teapublican Demands

Democrats are already giving in to the Teapublican demands before they’ve been sworn in. For example, Harry Reid on tax cuts for the upper income brackets: “If we need to work something out with the people who are really rich, I’ll have to look at that.”  

ATTENTION SENATOR REID: You are still the MAJORITY leader. Were the Republican leaders in the early 2000s, who held very slim margins, talking about caving in to Democratic demands? Hell No. Grow a pair or turn over leadership to someone who already has them. Er, make that a Democrat who has a pair. Given the current mentality I wouldn’t be surprised if the Democrats in the Senate simply handed leadership to the Teapublicans. Jeesh.  

Talking about Compromise

Democrats have been (foolishly) trying to compromise for the past two years and look what it got us. Democrats watered down a number of bills with Republican demands only to have them a) vote against the bills and b) demonize the Democrats for those same bills. Do our Democratic leaders really think that the Teapublicans mean it when they say “compromise”?  

ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO DOESN’T ALREADY KNOW: Compromise means one of two things to the Teapublicans: “NO” or “Do it EXACTLY like I say and I might vote for it. But I probably won’t until a conservative is in the White House.”

The only way to make Tuesday’s losses worse is to help set up the Teapublicans for victories in two years. And Democrats are doing just that. Doh!

  • The failure of Democrats to respond coherently, let alone effectively, to the “Teapublican” onslaught is nothing short of gross, complete, utter incompetence. Fire ’em all and let god sort ’em out!

  • linda b

    Become the party of NO in the house. good ridance to the blue dogs.

  • Hugo Estrada

    Wow! It is going to be even better than I thought. I thought that the White House and Democrats were going to wait until they needed to pass the budget or emergency war spending.

    I didn’t know that they are giving away the store already 🙂

  • Teddy Goodson

    go to a short article in today’s DailyKos, which also gives a link to another shrewd article that nails the propensity of Obama and the Democrats in general to buy into Republican framing and waffle, waffle instead of l.e.a.d.:

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyo

    I feel I can finally say openly what I began saying privately in Feb ’09, then more openly in July ’09: If Obama did not get off his hindquarters and display political leadership, get out and use the bully pulpit to define and explain his policies and agenda repeatedly to the American people, and change the dialog, he was not only going to be a one-term President, he was going to weaken the Democratic Party for a generation to come.

    There are many styles of leadership, I know, but in American politics you are never ever successful by doing such wishy washy things as dumping a requirement for some kind of health care legislation among the herd of cats that is the Democratic contingent on the Hill and expect anything coherent or timely to happen, while you go on vacation; the same tactics got him a slow-to-arrive stimulus bill loaded with earmarks that did very little to address the immediate problem of jobs for Main Street. And so on. Where was decisive, well articulated progressive leadership when we needed it? Where it was, was pandering to Wall Street so as not to upset Big Business-Wall Street, as defined by Republicans, for heaven’s sake. And I forsee that this modus operandi will be continued on steroids post-election because once again the Democrats will buy into Republican framing of the election and what it supposedly signified. Bah.