Henry Ford was supposed to have said that about the Model T cars he was starting to roll off the assembly line.
The most recent incarnation of the current Democratic loyalist has this same attitude, it appears. Any0ne who has been following the heartbreaky true story of a man on the edge, ThereIsNoSpoon, trying desperately to gather a flock of lost sheep back into the fold, while fighting his own private daemons, has heard something to the effect that Barack Obama is our leader and we aren’t going to ditch him. Part cheerleader, part whicpcracker, part arrogant snot come to knock some sense into those brainless morons at Digby’s blog, TINS puts up with a lot of insults but those barbs just bouse off of him because the whiners are not going to get what they want from this president. They might as well stop complaining and get in line. Besides, all that complaining has shaken TINS faith and we can’t have that.
But with all of TINS insistence that Michele Bachmann (whooooo, scary, she’s going to bite you in your sleep!) would be so much worse as president in 2012, he fails to convince us that Barack Obama is that much of a prize worth fighting for. In fact, many of Digby’s commenters have decided not to fight for him. Or give money or maybe even their votes. And why might that be?
Well, TINS is holding up Obama as our Democratic president who is the only thing stopping us from the Republican Horde from Hell. But Obama’s performance through this debt criss has revealed that in some respects, he is to the right of John Boehner. He is happy to offer up cuts in Social Security, a program that does not add to the deficit, and he does this voluntarily regardless of how this will impact the lives of recipients who use social security as their primary source of income. Maybe $500/year less in income doesn’t sound like much to Barry but to grandma Edith, it could make the difference between buying something for her grandkids at Christmas or paying the heating bill. That’s not a choice Grandmas or grandchildren around the country are going to appreciate.
If all TINS has to get us to support Obama is fear, he’s got his work cut out for him. If Democrats surrender their principles and stop protecting the middle and working class, what would be the point of voting at all? And it’s not so clear to me that saving Barry’s ass in 2012 is all that important.
Is TINS saying that Barack Obama is the best Democrat we could run in 2012? There are no other Democrats in the entire party that could do a better job than Obama? That would be quite an admission about the quality of the politicians who identify themselves as Democrats. Obama hasn’t represented the party from the minute he started to run for President. But TINS is trying to tell us that it’s Barry or nothing. If not Barry, Michelle. What a choice.
Or is it that TINS has tailored his affiliation to the Democratic party so narrowly that he can’t imagine any other candidate who would fit his criteria who could actually run. That suggests that TINS and others like him who have a strangle hold on the political power structure would rather choke the life out of the party before they will entertain any other candidate, even if that candidate is more popular and more loyal to Democratic principles. Or, is TINS suggesting that the party leadership will not allow a challenger no matter *what* the snippy voters want. What do the voters know of politics? They don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and all of the horse trading and petty insults and careful accounting of who kissed whose ass. That’s right, they don’t know. All the know is what they see and they don’t like what they see. They want choices. But the party may have decided not to give them one whether because Barry’s money is so good or their too afraid of a primary or because they don’t want to look like they’re losing face or they don’t want to take on the Chicago machine.
So, what TINS is is an errand boy from the guys in charge who is to deliver a message to the rank and file to say, “You have no choice. It’s Barry or Michele and that’s final. Get in line, NOW, or you will be responsible for bringing on catastrophe.”
That’s what I’m hearing. I’m not hearing anything about a jobs program or saving the social safety net or exposing the Republicans as not being a party but the political arm of a group of uber wealthy investors who want to buy and sell pieces of America to each other. What I’m hearing is that the Democratic party is not really a party that represents Democrats. It’s a party that spends its time trying to manipulate its voters into doing what it planned to do anyway. That’s not a choice. And I am not sheep.
Democrats can continue to say there is no other choice than Barry and that’s true only if there is no Democratic party that I would recognize. What they’re saying is that they know Barry is not a Democrat with true Democratic principles but they want you to ignore all of that and vote for him anyway because it’s final, goddammit, get with the program. They’re saying that Obama is the icon that represents everything the Democrats believe. He is their leader. They will abide by his decisions whether they like them or not and we will have to get used to them too. They are saying that it is impossible to primary Obama 15 months out from another critical election and that this would weaken Democrat’s chances of winning.
And we get…..?
I don’t believe this for a second. This far out, the Democrats have choices. They can replace this guy who doesn’t seem to know how to do his job and is a lousy negotiator and whose stupid decisions may be endangering all of their seats. What is stopping them? A bunch of prissy ivy league guys who don’t want to work for a woman? Whose irrational clinging to Clinton urban legends is more important that the fate of millions and millions of unemployed people?
I guess so.
But everyone has choices, TINS. We own our votes. They’re more important to us that you might think. And if Barry is writing us off because he thinks we’ll cave when Bachmann gets the nomination so he can go after the independent vote now, he’s got another thing coming. He has to give us a reason to vote for him and right now, “You have no choice” isn’t doing it. There’s *always* a choice.