I notice that some people read news of Max Baucus developing a ‘bipartisan consensus’ in Senate Finance as if that meant this ‘bipartisan consensus’ were part of President Obama’s effort to ‘reach out’ to Republicans. This is hardly the case: what it means is that Max Baucus and some of his Democratic comrades in Senate Finance are in agreement with Republicans on that committee.
Remember, if you aren’t from Montana then you didn’t vote for Max Baucus and so don’t really have a right to claim his election was for some goal of yours. If you are not from North Dakota then the same thing goes for Kent Conrad.
Remember what Bill Clinton said the other day about the president not being a dictator. Frankly, the desire of ‘BuzzFlash Bushists’ (called that on account of past BuzzFlash headlines and op-eds) that President Obama be a one-party dictator makes me sick to my belly; the Democratic Party is not a sports team under a head coach, but a coalition of peers.
Ignore the Republicans, they are nearly irrelevant. Obama is constrained not by them but by other powerful members of the Democratic Party. If you want President Obama to steamroll someone, don’t fault him for reaching out to Republicans (which is what he was elected to do BTW, don’t forget that) – instead go after him to steamroll Democratic senators, and (if you are from their states) go after those senators to give in.
Oh, and if you were not one of those who voted for Obama in part so he could reach out to others, go shove it. The rest of us and the American people generally want him to do that, even if his offers are disrepected.
I love Bill Clinton’s comeback to the Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell questioner: Don’t blame me, he said; How come you didn’t give me congressional support? I am afraid the same thing could happen to President Obama, due to failure of people to work Democratic senators who, for whatever reason, do not favor a stronger government role in healthcare.
I love it when Bill Clinton is composed and concise.
I will never again play Dungeons and Dragons. I am unlikely even to kibbitz at a D&D session. The reason why is that the bloodlust and killing repel me. My nights would be spent picturing the carnage instead of sleeping, and my sleep, when it came, would be interrupted by nightmares.
What if the whole world were trending that way?