That is a bitter headline folks.
While all the pundits are jawing about the divisions on the Republican side, I will jaw about the failure of the party I have voted for forever to capitalize on the Obama victory, on his popularity and on the political opportunities that have been given to us over the last months.
Yes I say opportunities because I have learned to immunize myself to the Chris Matthews virus, the Ed Schults bluster and Kieth and Rachel’s intermittent immaturity and sounded a single theme, in the face of lack of interest and an occasional suggestion that I protest too much.
My point is that this is the time when the Democratic Party could and should have been taking up the cudgels and pushing the Obama agenda, not letting the dumb media write the script. There is only one person that I believe had the moxie to pull this off and he was off writing a book about the campaign. They say that David Plouffe is as powerful as ever. I do not believe it.
The unwritten text of the last months is that Obama was given a golden opportunity to take over and mould the party — essentially transferring the Obama in America brand direct to the DNC. This has NOT happened despite the protests of those who have worked day and night to make it happen. The narrative has been successfully distorted and the reality has begun to reflect it.
Tomorrow I see no consolation emerging. I do not see a Deeds upset. Even if Corzine ekes out a win I do not count that a triumph. And if Hoffman validates the polling I find that NY 23 result a travesty for the Democrats. I see this as a kick in the knee to our party. And I can hear the cartilage tearing. Slush!
Obama is a centrist whose heart is progressive and whose brain is pragmatic. David Plouffe is an instinctive winning political operative who has the best grasp of how to frame things since the Kennedy’s appeared to be more intelligent than they actually were in practice.
I do not know if there is still time to clean up the mess that we are in.
But I do know what would make it happen. I have said it since before Obama’s smashing and long predicted victory. I was shocked at the decisions made then. Disappointed in the way the transition failed to see the need and address it. And now I am writing the report card.
No Obama bigwigs frequent this blog. If they did I would likely know it. Sometimes a peripheral person will say right on and confess that they too have no access.
Harold Bloom is the public intellectual who serves as the linchpin for this post. He has militantly insisted that individuals make history.
I share that insistence. The only remedy I see is for the party to do now what it should have done more than a year ago.