At the annual Netroots Nation conference, liberals reflected on where Democrats came up short.
In the first stage of the Obama administration, Democrats enacted an $862 billion economic stimulus package, financial regulatory legislation, and a national health care law that on its own was the most significant piece of liberal legislation since LBJ’s Great Society. You might expect self-described progressive activists to be beaming. But you’d be wrong.
“We delivered the U.S. Senate to the Democrats [in 2006],” Markos Moulitsas of the blog DailyKos proclaimed at July’s Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of liberals that he founded. “In 2008, we helped the Democrats expand that majority. Because remember, they didn’t have 60 votes. We still couldn’t do s**t. So we said, ‘Okay, here’s your Senate veto-proof majority.’”
By this he presumably meant filibuster-proof majority.
“And they still didn’t do s**t,” Moulitsas lamented.
The prominent liberal blogger made the remarks by way of introducing Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who he suggested should challenge Sen. Max Baucus in the state’s 2012 Democratic Senate primary. Liberals hold Baucus in contempt because as Finance Committee Chairman he held talks with Republicans, a strategy that they blame for watering down the national health care law.
“We’ll do anything we can to get a Senate that has more Democrats who are real Democrats, and are not bulls**t Democrats,” Moulitsas pledged to the thousands of activists who had flocked to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the conference.
For those unfamiliar with the term “bulls**t Democrats,” MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz had hammered it home earlier in the evening.
“I know all of you on the campaign trail busted ass for Democrats,” Schultz hollered, clenched microphone in hand, pacing around the stage like a stand-up comic. “And I know you were told that all we need is 60 votes. Then you got introduced to Ben Nelson.”
The crowd booed loudly.
“Then you got introduced to Joe Lieberman.”
“Let’s not forget Mary Landrieu.”
Another round of boos.
“And let’s not forget Blanche Lincoln.”
As the crowd continued to boo, Schultz screamed: “Bulls**t! Bulls**t!”
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