Blame The Whiny CenterWhat I can't understand is how people could forget that it was the Republicans who created the Great Recession that has wracked the world for the past two years. To put these idiots (worse, to put their fanatical, crazed cousins, the "TEA Party") in charge of anything is insane. But the has shown political insanity in the past. This is the very reason why Winston Churchill called democracy "the worst form of government, except for all the rest". Democracy means idiots vote in "leaders" who intend to do them in. That's exactly what the Germans did in 1933. That was a tragedy for the German people (and the rest of the world). These 2010 elections are a tragedy for the American people (and the rest of the world).
So, we’re already getting the expected punditry: Obama needs to end his leftist policies, which consist of … well, there weren’t any, but he should stop them anyway.
What actually happened, of course, was that Obama failed to do enough to boost the economy, plus totally failing to tap into populist outrage at Wall Street. And now we’re in the trap I worried about from the beginning: by failing to do enough when he had political capital, he lost that capital, and now we’re stuck.
But he did have help in getting it wrong: at every stage there was a faction of Democrats standing in the way of strong action, demanding that Obama do less, avoid spending money, and so on. In so doing, they shot themselves in the face: half of the Blue Dogs lost their seats.
And what are those who are left demanding? Why, that Obama move to the center.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Post Election Analysis
Here's a post from Paul Krugman on him NY Times blog. He has the best analysis of yesterday's US mid-term elections: