At the annual Netroots Nation conference, liberals reflected on where Democrats came up short.
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The video then cut to a clip from The Rachel Maddow Show in which the MSNBC host recounted all of the legislation Obama had signed over his first year and a half in office. “So in ways large and small, we’ve begun to deliver on the change we’ve fought so hard for,” he said. “We’re not done. We’re working to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ We’re working to close Guantanamo in a responsible way. Thanks to the heroism of our troops, we are poised to end our combat mission in Iraq by the end of August.”
With that, he made his pitch for the liberal base to get fired up for the midterm elections.
“We’re moving America forward,” he said. “When we’ve come this far, we can’t afford to slide back. And that’s the choice America faces this November. Between going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess, and moving forward with policies that are leading us out.”
This same basic sentiment was echoed by Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when they addressed the crowd in person the same day. Sen. Al Franken, delivering the closing keynote address of the conference, seemed particularly concerned, noting that anger toward the Bush administration prompted liberals to work hard to throw Republicans out of power in 2006 and 2008, and this year it’s conservatives who are angry and enthusiastic about sending Democrats packing.
After spending three days listening to progressives complain about how disappointed they have been in the failure of the Democratic Congress and President Obama to advance key aspects of their agenda, I almost felt like shaking them, and saying: “Sorry, but this is the best it’s going to get for you. If you aren’t happy now, you never will be.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online