I’m not a member of an organized political party …

… I’m a Democrat.

Somehow George W. Bush could persuade a slim majority of Congress into overwhelming support authorizing war in Iraq (which wasn’t a viable threat to the United States) and President Obama with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate can not get meaningful health care (which without being addressed poses a greater danger to the United States than Saddam ever did) reform legislation passed.

There are two reasons.  One, Obama and his team including Rahm Emanuel, have not forcefully twisted arms, threatened primary election opponent campaign support,  or shamed Democratic congressmen into action, perhaps by reminding them they were elected Democrats.  Secondly, the Democrats let’s just say are behaving like Democrats,  grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.  But, it’s not just incompetence or gutlessness, although some of that certainly is at play.  A much larger component is out and out corruption.  If the Republicans are the political party that is bought and paid for by special interests like the health care industrial complex, it appears many Democrats are being rented with an option to buy.  Kent Conrad and Max Baucus are bought and paid for and should take their act from K Street to whatever D.C. street or thoroughfare in their respective districts prostitutes frequent.  The rest of the Blue Dog Dems should join them.

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