Thursday, July 16, 2009
Things are definitely moving...
and from the look of things, they are moving in the right direction.
For the first few months of the new administration and Congress, the question was when are we going to see a difference from the past few years.
We've got the answer. July will be different. Really different.
We have a Supreme Court nominee who isn't a member of the Federalist Society, that weird fringe group that believes the president should have way more authority than the Constitution grants.
There's a climate change bill and a health care bill.
Heck, there's 100 senators, 60 of whom caucus with the Democrats and one is named Al Franken!
Republicans, who have earned their status as a super minority, are talking about Sarah Palin as a leader and listening to Pat Buchanan, who thinks it makes sense to insult the growing constituency of Hispanics to score some points with "the base".
Seriously, does no one notice that the Republican base is shrinking? All these wedge issues are chipping away at the base, not adding conservative Democrats and independents to the cause. More than that, the demographics mean that the Republicans will still be able to rule backwater areas like Oklahoma and Utah, but any place with a few actual cities are turning away from the policies.
We still have to see an exit strategy from Iraq. We need some real political progress in the theocratic backwaters that are supposed to be on our side, like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
What the hell, let's go nuts and hope for political progress in theocratic backwaters like Oklahoma and Utah while we're at it!
But I have to say, I'm starting to have some hope, and that's a big change from the years 2001 to 2008.