ALL THE DOPE ON WHAT WAS LOST IN THE SENATE COMPROMISE
We need to understand this is just the first salvo in an eight year, maybe a 16 year, struggle.
We will weed out the obstructionist Republicans in 2010. We will help turn the Republicans into a loyal, rather than a subversuve, opposition.
When we engage in the same sorts of fits we see in the various snippets of media frenzy, we are losing the long view and playing the paranoia card.
We are building a machine that can trump all the lobbyists in DC. It will not be built in a month, but it will be up and running pretty soon. I mean a Web capacity that is the exact equal of the smooth-running mega Obama campaign apparatus. We will be able to sort and flag Congress members and email them targeted messages on all matters of concern. We will be able to direct cash to every close contest of importance.
And remember this.
This is a huge learning process. The President is not first a doer. He is first a learner. If something does not work today, it will be made to work tomorrow. We should follow suit.
We have learned that most Republicans do not want to be a loyal opposition. Those who feel that way can kiss their seats goodby. This is a matter of a new, civil politics. We have learned that nice has no effect on wingnuts. But we will keep being nice just the same until election day.
This is the time of national growing up and taking charge from the grass roots up. When we can prove that by OUR actions we can begin to worry when we seem under attack. Most of us have not begun to fight.
The story above reminds us that the Senat compromise lost 600,000 jobs. The story of this year will be that we got them back and then some. Maybe not this week, but most certainly over time, nore and more.