Wednesday, July 21, 2010

At Long Last

At long last, people who want to contrast the Obama Administration with its predecessor have a talking point, thanks to Jane Hamsher:

If Obama had the least little bit of interest in protecting his staff, he too would have demanded that Breitbart release the entire video before making any decision regarding Shirley Sherrod.

How Many Democrats Does It Take To Stand Up To Andrew Breitbart?

George W. Bush, whatever his failings, didn't jettison his people when they became liabilities. He kept Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney on well after they became political liabilities. The thought of him doing what Obama has done to Sherrod, and Van Jones, ACORN, Dawn Johnsen is almost mind-boggling. These are all people Obama and the Democrats simply refused to stand up for, not to mention labor unions. Ian Welsh put that tendency in perspective a few days ago:

Democrats made a play for corporate money and in so doing, they sold out constituencies which were actually loyal to them, and could actually be counted on. Wall Street will never be reliably loyal to Democrats, neither will the very rich. At best they will play Democrats and Republicans off against each other, but realistically, they prefer Republicans whenever Republicans can win.

You reap what you sow. Sell out the interests of your core supporters, and they can’t help you as much as they could if you helped them. When will Democratic politicians learn this lesson?

Democrats Face 200 million Republican War Chest Without the Strong Allies They Should Have

In answer to Ian's question, my guess is about when a mythical underworld location freezes over. These are the same people who couldn't wait to call unions foolish for supporting a Democrat who was friendly to their interests in the Arkansas primary. The one thing this should teach us is that there is no such thing as being a friend to the DC Democrats. The best you can hope for is that they won't tell us it's raining as they're pissing on our backs.

If you think these Democrats can ever be trusted to support what we progressives want, then you're an even bigger fool than whoever fired Shirley Sherrod.

So yes, there's a difference between the last Administration and this one. Don't it make you proud?

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