Let’s face it: the best political strategy Democrats have had over the past eight years is to make sure that there were always enough Democrats to capitulate with the governing conservative and (typically) Republican coalition, but not enough to make it a majority of the Democratic Party. This way, heinous Republican policies that benefit large corporations and cronies, but hurt most people, are passed into law, while most of the Democratic Party can claim they opposed such policies.
Chris continues in his opening lead:
Maybe I am just too tired right now, but I am suddenly of the opinion that Democrats should just completely capitulate on the offshore oil drilling question. In fact, they should also capitulate on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. While we are at it, let’s institute a gas tax holiday, and release the strategic petroleum reserve.
While I’m not sure we are smart enough, tough enough and/cynical enough for such a long term strategy, I believe that analysis, whether brought about by intellectual analysis or sleep deprivation from Nets Nation is actually the reality of the last 7.5 years. That reality has brought us to the point that we are on the verge of a Democratic wave that hasn’t been seen perhaps in a lifetime. It deserves thought.
The other side of the view is an accounting of the long term damage on the Republic, The Congress and the Consitution mucn less the average life of much of the American Public. Given, however, that we had no way of blocking the worse of the mess perhaps Chris was correct and that unintentional path was our best option. It is a facinating view.