Whom among us, upon hearing of the grave and perhaps existential threats now facing the Republican Party, is entirely immune to the siren song of schadenfreude? Who from the liberal classes can entirely resist the temptation, when reading about the bitter divisions now rending the GOP, to mutter, “Now that’s a god damn shame,” and then issue forth with a soft and mordant chuckle?
"Clinton was sympathetic to the Simpson-Bowles plan", better known as Obama's catfood commission. With Clinton promising to continue Obama's legacy and Clinton buddy Joe Leiberman spearheading No Labels, an organization picking up where Obama's catfood commission left off, it is charitable to project that "Clinton will govern from the center"...center-right will be the best we can actually hope for.
To be more united Democrats need campaign finance reform. We saw during the primary that Bernie Sander's supporters do not trust politicians that accept large campaign contributions from corporations. Trust needs to be restored.
"There is the very real risk that Hillary Clinton and her party will view it as a mandate to govern from the political “center” – that is to say, from the consensus viewpoint of elites from both parties".Sadly, I believe that's exactly what she plans to do. Her appeals to mainstream Republicans to abandon Drumpf and her seeming lack of concern about what happens to Democratic candidates running down ticket is a very clear signal that she'll be quite happy to govern with the Corporatist elite of both parties. Donald was a gift to her from the MSM it was him or Bernie last year and no way was Sanders ever ever ever going to be allowed near real power in DC. So, instead, they let DJ Drumpf win, maybe as an attempt to allow populist pressure from below to be channeled and vented safely rightward? Things, however, might have gotten out of hand and for a few brief passages it looked like God forbid he might actually win. So, enter the Washington Post ( the same paper that took down Nixon way back when) and it's oligarchic owner Republican Jeff Bezos who hates Donald. End of story. Drumpf is now for all practical purposes a "dead man walking" politically and maybe even socially. He now has that stinky skanky video hanging firmly around his neck like a dead Albatross. He's been humiliated and disgraced and there he stands today and maybe forever. We can only hope.
I believe that Clinton is waiting for the results of the results of the election when it comes to Congress before planning what to do if she wins. That will determine what she does. If the Republicans win both houses again she will have govern from the center and her main role may be vetoing legislation from Congress to protect programs and agencies. If the Democrats win both houses she will govern from the left. The Republicans will still be able use the filibuster rule in the Senate to stop legislation but basically if Clinton wins and the Democrats win both house that would have to be taken as some kind of mandate to move left. Right now I think she is concentrating on winning the election. Planning for your fist term is a waste of time if you lose.
You know I remember everyone saying the same kinds of things in fall 2008
about Obama. What a terrible heartbreaking disappointment he turned out to
be. He basically baited and switched the entire country didn't he? Hope and
Change? Hillary isn't even bothering saying any of that. Why? Because she's
much further right than Obama was and he was pretty far right for a (D.) If
she gets a (D) Congress expect her to govern center-right anyway just like
Barack ended up doing.
Share that smoke with the rest of the class! NFW that is gonna happen.
Eskow sez: "Parties, like people, eventually get the face they deserve. The Republicans deserve Trump’s ..."
But the Democrats™ don't have a face they 'deserve'? Oh, wait, here it is, further down the column ...
Eskow additionally sez: "Should she win the presidency, there is the very real risk that Hillary Clinton and her party will view it as a mandate to govern from ... the consensus viewpoint of elites from both parties."
Ah, there it is. In YOUR face, USA!
Escow says: "Whom among us, upon hearing of the grave and perhaps existential threats now facing the Republican Party, is entirely immune to the siren song of schadenfreude?"
Whom among us? Whom is your editor?
One down and dieing, one more to go. Hey; legacy parties and partisans, when only 38% of voters ( eligible ) even bothered in 2014 what did you think was coming? See ya' wouldn't want to be ya'.