Rachel Maddow: Democrats “have freaking done it!”

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    Let’s go down the list: Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Children’s Health Insurance, Mathew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Tobacco Regulation, Credit Card Reform, Student Loan Reform, Stimulus (which saved us from a second Great Depression), Health Reform, Wall Street Reform, New G.I. Bill (thank you Jim Webb!), Food Safety Modernization Act, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, new START treaty ratified — all done by Democrats, most without almost any Republican support. Just remember that when you watch Teapublicans take charge of the House of Representatives in a few weeks and push their reactionary, right-wing agenda while making it almost impossible to govern. Pretty soon, if/when that happens, people will be yearning for full Democratic control of government again…just in time for the 2012 elections! 🙂

    • Say What

      What sort of leadership will it take to achieve  the President’s goals against a “hostile” opposition party?

      Every time the President has been challenged …. or humbled by an event (a shellacking) … he responds with a pragmatic principal approach to the knotty problem at hand. Generally he wins (at least some measurable percentage of a win). As an example …. you won’t ever see the Republican caucus inviting the President to come speak to them (covered by the press & cameras) because he embarrasses the simple minded idealogues that make up that crowd. When the President can frame the trade offs to the American people (in command of the facts) …. he wins.

      I look for this President to lead as a pragmatic progressive … and with his supporting cast …. I’m looking for new blood and energy to come to his aid (as staff).

      From the blogo-sphere I’m certainly hoping for a little more reason and less emotion, because I can’t count the times the progressive left has ranted about throwing Obama under the bus …. Jim Webb for that matter too.

      These people …. these leaders …. make all the difference. The followership needs to show / keep the faith.  And in ending this comment with a note on faith …. all here have a Merry Christmas and / or Happy Holidays. As Rachel Maddow points out …. there is a fair amount for a progressive Democrat to be thankful for.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Add to that impressive list:

      -Sonia Sotomayor, first Hispanic Supreme Court justice

      -Elena Kagan, another excellent court pick

      -Combat ended in Iraq

      -Trade agreement with South Korea favorable to U.S. exports

      -First increase in auto and truck emissions standards in a generation

      When the history is written about the first two years of the Obama presidency, the period may well go down as the most productive and progressive since the early years (pre-Vietnam buildup) of LBJ’s presidency.

      Now, comes the hard part: confronting the structural deficit brought to us by the Bush administration’s tax policy and its refusal to pay for two wars, one of them totally unnecessary. Success on that issue will require compromise by all parties. I don’t think the Tea Pot-GOP people are capable of that, but they better be. Otherwise, Ireland and Greece…here we come, too.