Democrats:"a long way down the road by not drawing bright lines in the sand"
I just love to keep old articles because I can go back and see patterns. That way I can see that the Democrats have been avoiding tough choices for years.
I was furious with the party and at David Axelrod for saying these words.
Moderator David Gregory followed up: “When it comes to a public plan, though, no ultimatums from the president?”
“Well, the president believes strongly in a public choice, and he has made that very, very clear,” Axelrod replied. “He has made that clear privately. He has made that clear publicly, and we’re going to continue to do so. … Look, we have gotten a long way down the road by not drawing bright lines in the sand — other than on the major points, which is that we can’t add to the deficit with this health care reform, so it has to be paid for, it has to reduce costs, and we want to make sure that all Americans have quality, affordable health care.
In other words the president was not going to take a strong stand.
“Those are the things that have to be accomplished. People have different ideas. We’re willing to listen to those ideas. But … those are the imperatives that we have. … He won’t sign a bill that does not meet those. … I think the president wants a robust public option.”
“The bill will be bipartisan by definition,” he said. “The Senate health committee accepted 82 Republican amendments. Republican ideas will be included with this process; we hope it will come with Republican votes as well.”
Host George Stephanopoulos said, “That seems to be the new White House definition of bipartisanship.”
Axelrod answered: “I don’t think we should get consumed by process at a time when health care costs … doubled in this decade. Ultimately, we’ll bring the federal budget down. We have to act. We can’t afford to get consumed in these types of Washington discussions.”
That article is from 2009 at Politico. There was already a pattern emerging. Bipartisanship was more important that bright lines in the sand.
The Democrats have avoided those bright lines for years now. And even though they have lost all power they are still planning on following this path of not taking stands.
About the same time Bill Clinton was urging them to get busy and pass something. Anything, since they had the majority for a short time back then. He as much as said not to be too picky.
Former President Bill Clinton joined Senate Democrats for their weekly luncheon on Tuesday and urged them to band together and quickly pass health care legislation.
Senators said Mr. Clinton did not drill down into minute policy details, often a favorite pastime, and instead stuck to the big picture, urging lawmakers to get the bill adopted.
Clinton’s own words.
So its not important to be perfect here. It’s important to act, to move to start the ball rolling, to claim the evident advantages that all these plans agree with. And whatever they can get the votes for, I’m going to support.
We could have tried for so much more.
There really have been no “bright line” stands taken by our party for years. And this last election those of us who had the nerve to demand such stances were not just ignored. We were actively scorned and demeaned.
Seems like the party has gone from refusing to take stands to actually openly pushing out those of us who want them.
The general consensus for going along to get along was that we might lose to the feistier Republicans.
Well, guess what. We lost anyway.
And along came Bernie who was drawing all kinds of bright lines. He became immensely popular. Even in my heavily Republican area the Republicans love Bernie. Many would have gladly voted for him instead of Trump.
But the party that never draws bright lines….finally decided to draw a very bright and clear one. They made sure Bernie would not win the primary.Pastiche, joentokyo, WillyT and 25 othersBaba OhReally, pa28, snot, jwirr, 3FingerBrown, Ohio Barbarian, 99thMonkey, graycat, OzoneTom, Haikugal, Betty Karlson, Xyzse, Doremus Jessup, Jefferson23, canoeist52, A little weird, Two way street, xynthee, Enthusiast, area woman, Grateful Curd, PADemD, jdpriestly, Entrepreneur, gordyfl like thisIf a person is required to be loyal to a political party and not question their stands on issues, then any semblance of real truth is lost. https://twitter.com/madfloridian
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