Democrats Need to Listen to E.J. Dionne

There's no shortage of wisdom on the left.  Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne proves it.  In Dionne's column today, he counsels congressional Democrats not to draw the wrong lessons from last Tuesday's elections.  Rather than Democrats pursuing some cockamamie notion that their repudiation at the polls was, well, a repudiation of their failed ideas and failed policies, Dionne suggests that Democrats double-down on failure. 

Dionne's advice is sage, if slightly belated.  A purified Democratic Party (purified of any pretense of being "centrist") is already digging in its heels. 

On November 17, or thereabouts, despite some grumbling, the House Democratic Caucus will elect Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader.  Pelosi, already being lionized by the left as one of the nation's most effective Speakers in history, was most effective leading her House Democrats against the will of the American people.    

Thanks in large part to Speaker Pelosi, ObamaCare, massive bailouts, and unsuccessful pork-laden stimuli earned the voters' wrath last Tuesday.  But making "Governing Against the Will of the People" the Democrats' mantra is just smart politics and is, actually, intellectually honest, for a change. 

Pelosi's continued leadership is a declaration of contempt for voters who wonder if Pelosi is a spawn of the Wicked Witch of the West.  The nation's hardworking Dorothys will take note.  Pelosi further circling the nation's capital on her broom is just a reminder to voters that Democrats really do want to confiscate and redistribute their ruby red slippers.  A witch on a broom is an excellent symbol for deluded Democrats.

And then there's Harry Reid, who's got more lives than Pelosi's black cat.  Reid, who played the tanking Barack Obama's faithful, bland waterboy on all voter-spurned major legislation, will be back running the Democratic majority in the Senate (much to the quiet chagrin of the ambitious Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer).

Reid's return to the Majority Leader's post is a testament to the motto "when things go bad, make them worse."  Reid and his liberal henchmen in the Senate will serve as the major roadblock to ObamaCare repeal and every piece of meaningful reform legislation generated by the Republican House.  Reid's service means that the Savior from Illinois, Barack Obama, will be spared the trouble of wielding his veto pen. 

For His Holiness, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats catching the flak might seem like a help to his expected re-election bid in 2012, but the victory will be pyrrhic.  Persistent big debts and deficits, a diving dollar, possible trade wars, and the real likelihood of jacked-up inflation are all millstones that will weigh down the featherweight Mr. Obama as the nation staggers toward the 2012 elections.

But here our goodly President needs to take Dionne's advice (and Paul Krugman's, too).  Dionne advises that the stimuli weren't massive enough to jump-start the economy.  Be bold, Mr. President.  Press hard for greater borrowing and spending.  Max out the nation's credit cards -- and apply for more.  Coerce the Fed into printing so much money that Americans can wallpaper every hovel and house from Maine to California (maybe the wallpapering will earn tax credits, too). 

That formula worked in the Weimar Republic, didn't it?  Why can't it work for America's Weimar Democrats?

E.J. Dionne's formula for Democratic revival needs to be fully embraced by the President and congressional Democrats -- and one suspects it will be.  Then Pelosi's historic speakership will pale in comparison to the one-for-the-history-books election cliff the Democrats are pushed off in 2012.
There's no shortage of wisdom on the left.  Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne proves it.  In Dionne's column today, he counsels congressional Democrats not to draw the wrong lessons from last Tuesday's elections.  Rather than Democrats pursuing some cockamamie notion that their repudiation at the polls was, well, a repudiation of their failed ideas and failed policies, Dionne suggests that Democrats double-down on failure. 

Dionne's advice is sage, if slightly belated.  A purified Democratic Party (purified of any pretense of being "centrist") is already digging in its heels. 

On November 17, or thereabouts, despite some grumbling, the House Democratic Caucus will elect Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader.  Pelosi, already being lionized by the left as one of the nation's most effective Speakers in history, was most effective leading her House Democrats against the will of the American people.    

Thanks in large part to Speaker Pelosi, ObamaCare, massive bailouts, and unsuccessful pork-laden stimuli earned the voters' wrath last Tuesday.  But making "Governing Against the Will of the People" the Democrats' mantra is just smart politics and is, actually, intellectually honest, for a change. 

Pelosi's continued leadership is a declaration of contempt for voters who wonder if Pelosi is a spawn of the Wicked Witch of the West.  The nation's hardworking Dorothys will take note.  Pelosi further circling the nation's capital on her broom is just a reminder to voters that Democrats really do want to confiscate and redistribute their ruby red slippers.  A witch on a broom is an excellent symbol for deluded Democrats.

And then there's Harry Reid, who's got more lives than Pelosi's black cat.  Reid, who played the tanking Barack Obama's faithful, bland waterboy on all voter-spurned major legislation, will be back running the Democratic majority in the Senate (much to the quiet chagrin of the ambitious Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer).

Reid's return to the Majority Leader's post is a testament to the motto "when things go bad, make them worse."  Reid and his liberal henchmen in the Senate will serve as the major roadblock to ObamaCare repeal and every piece of meaningful reform legislation generated by the Republican House.  Reid's service means that the Savior from Illinois, Barack Obama, will be spared the trouble of wielding his veto pen. 

For His Holiness, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats catching the flak might seem like a help to his expected re-election bid in 2012, but the victory will be pyrrhic.  Persistent big debts and deficits, a diving dollar, possible trade wars, and the real likelihood of jacked-up inflation are all millstones that will weigh down the featherweight Mr. Obama as the nation staggers toward the 2012 elections.

But here our goodly President needs to take Dionne's advice (and Paul Krugman's, too).  Dionne advises that the stimuli weren't massive enough to jump-start the economy.  Be bold, Mr. President.  Press hard for greater borrowing and spending.  Max out the nation's credit cards -- and apply for more.  Coerce the Fed into printing so much money that Americans can wallpaper every hovel and house from Maine to California (maybe the wallpapering will earn tax credits, too). 

That formula worked in the Weimar Republic, didn't it?  Why can't it work for America's Weimar Democrats?

E.J. Dionne's formula for Democratic revival needs to be fully embraced by the President and congressional Democrats -- and one suspects it will be.  Then Pelosi's historic speakership will pale in comparison to the one-for-the-history-books election cliff the Democrats are pushed off in 2012.

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