By various, fanciful routes, including through the luminous Arthur Silber, Margaret Kimberly, for the FreedomRider blog, presents us with a troubling quandary:
"I ask this literally, not rhetorically: can someone identify even one meaningful event from the past 18 months that would have been different had the GOP retained control of both houses of Congress? Just one." - Glenn GreenwaldMs Kimberly reads Greenwald cagily. Here's the post immediately following the foregoing:
I can't. I dare anyone else to try. Greenwald is venting his spleen about the great FISA treason committed by Pelosi, Hoyer and Silvestre. They are planning to give Bush everything he wants, i.e. warrantless surveillance and retroactive immunity for telecoms who broke the law.
Here is the really sad part. Greenwald and anyone else who is paying attention will be asking the same question about President Obama. Trust me. Change is not coming, not anytime soon.
Wish I'd Said That Part II
"This is the way it always works - before the presidential election, they say: 'well, we can't risk losing the presidential election. It's too important. We have to wait until after the election.'
Then, if Obama wins, we'll hear: 'We can't risk losing our Congressional majority in the 2010 midterms. Bill Clinton overreached in his first two years and it led to Newt Gingrich. We can't risk that. So we have to wait until after the midterm election.'
Then, after the 2010 midterm elections, we'll hear: 'well, we can't risk losing Obama's re-election in 2012. It's too important. We have to wait until after the election.'
The only thing that can break that cycle is if a person gets into power who is transformative rather than a status quo caretaker devoted to the perpetuation of his own power. People have different views, of course, about whether Obama is such a figure. I don't think people who claim he is -- including Obama himself -- really know."
I have to disagree with Greenwald here. Anyone paying attention knows that Obama is "a status quo caretaker devoted to the perpetuation of his own power." As Greenwald said, repeat endlessly.
Arthur Silber seems to have recovered somewhat from the slings and arrows that seem to dog him, and he's ALWAYS interesting. His musings led me to the previous reports. I'll be tyou didn't know that the lying, corrupt, feckless Pelosi/Hoyer/Solvestre regime had already decided to give the Busheviks the store in the FISA/PA Act 'negotiations.' Arthur's pissed, and you should be too.