Democrats must shake off this stale stench of the minority that still wafts about them. They need not cling to the vessel of bipartisanship as if there were no other manner by which to reach the shore.
They need to realize that their efforts are buoyed on the backs of some 68 million strong that voted in favor of bold Democratic principles. As several Democrats (including the president) have noted, the American people voted for change. By selecting a man labeled as the most liberal Senator to the White House and by strengthening Democratic majorities in both chambers, they rejected the Republican policies that have left Americans alone to tread water for so long.
The American people voted for "change," but they didn’t vote for "bold Democratic principles." Barack Obama’s signature campaign promise was to find common ground with Republicans, and that’s exactly the strategy he's been pursuing. If Democrats are "clinging to the vessel of bipartisanship," it’s because they’re following the lead of their Captain.
And here’s Joe Sudaby from Americablog today (I can’t seem to find the link):
While that's all playing out in the Capitol Hill bubble, Obama is taking his show on the road. He's going to talk directly to the American people. Probably a good idea since the traditional media and pundits, a.k.a the Villagers, would rather talk about the very inside political game instead of the dire state of the economy. The perilous state of our country is an afterthought for them.
Get your head out of the sand, Joe. The Villagers aren’t the only ones talking about the "inside political game." The president can’t stop talking about it either. This weekend, instead of using his bully pulpit to press his own "bold" agenda, he’s out there praising the Lieberman Caucus for its wisdom in gutting the stimulus bill. But as always, nothing is ever Barack's fault in Obamaland.
Physician, heal thyself!