A common theme in the string of Democratic Party failures over the last years is what I call “Blaming The Process”. Or at least that is the narrative Democratic Party officials use when justifying themselves to the activist base. Something outside of their control, something about the legal, political or media process is actually responsible for the outcomes.
The failure to block the Roberts and Alito nominations, the failure to do anything concrete to end the occupation of Iraq, and now the imminent approval of warrantless domestic surveillance, are somehow not the responsibility of the Democratic elected officials.
The fault is to be found in things like the intricate details of the Filibuster and the Nuclear Option, the military budgeting process, the process whereby the media will utterly destroy any politician they deem to be “soft on terror”.
However much Democratic politicians express their heartfelt desire to do the things their activist base and now the majority of Americans want them to do, the desired outcomes fail to materialize.
In light of this, is it wrong to wonder whether blaming the process is just an excuse and that the politicians are not being entirely honest in their stated intentions?
I know it’s not polite to question people’s motivations. But I think it’s only natural to question a person when what they do does not match what they say. Over and over again.
That was written four years ago and is even more true now than it was then.
“What? You wanted single-payer healthcare? You obviously don’t understand the process. Now STFU and eat your peas!”
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