Quite right. I remember when What’s the Matter with Kansas’ author Thomas Frank published his essential article on Bill Clinton’s presidency, showing that even according to his own admirers Clinton’s five major ‘accomplishments’ were all right-wing policies, and in every case Clinton caused them to be passed in forms far more draconian or right-wing than even the GOP of the 1990s was looking to implement.
Frank was talking about NAFTA, of course, and Clinton’s crime and welfare bills; the austerity for the middle class of his balanced budgets, and the repeal of Glass-Steagle. Throw in his Telecom bill and you have just another Republican presidency, part of 38 years, now, of unbroken Republican rule at the top.
Obama even had the gall, after he left the Oval Office, to describe himself as a moderate '80s Republican. We haven’t had an authentic Democrat in the White House since before Reagan, and the death of the party of the middle class and working people, who controlled the House of Representatives for 56 of 60 years on that basis, is long, long gone.
It’s time to raise the dead, and it’s no time to settle for another Republican with a (D) after their name–since that’s exactly what made people so desperate they were willing to vote for a clown like Trump, largely on his unfulfilled promise to wreck the current system of corporate ownership of our politics.