To understand the damage that Obamism has done to the Democratic party in just one year, you need read only two articles. The first is this piece
Personally, I figured the GOP was a long gone brand after 8 years of Dubya Bush’s warmongering, war profiteering and bubble-based-depression-creating career. Now look at this. The GOP considers a take back of both houses of congress within the realm of possibility for THIS year.
And how do they propose to accomplish that task? By running against Washington -- against Obama.
Meanwhile, a TPM correspondent in Massachusetts
tries valiantly to convince us that Martha Coakley's difficulties in keeping Ted Kennedy's seat blue really have nothing to do with Obama or with a more generalized antipathy toward Democrats. It's Coakley. Not Obama: Coakley. She's awful. Whatever you do, don't blame Obama. That would be Thoughtcrime. Better to blame the chick.
Problem is, said correspondent has a very difficult time coming up with concrete examples to explain just what makes Coakley so rotten. Her "speaking style is bad," we're told. Yeah, well, are there any truly good
speechifiers out there these days? Barack ain't all that, lemme tell ya.
"All politics are local," bleateth the TPM correspondent apologetically.
"We're running against D.C.!" shouteth the Republicans defiantly.
Put those last two sentences together, and you get the picture. Obama is becoming politically toxic. The Democratic party's new icon is the biohazard symbol.
And somewhere in the distance I hear a voice: "You know who I blame for this situation? Bill Clinton."
Huh? Who said that? Is that you, Dave Sirota? Chris Matthews? John Aravosis? Maureen Dowd? Ben Smith? Arianna? Markos Moulitsas? Let's-get-this-to-Keith Olberman? Josh Marshall? Eric Alterman? The BooMan BDSM froggie? All of the above?
Or maybe it was one of
the psychotic jackasses
at D.U.? I believe that shrinks refer to the phenomenon as "projection"...