"No!" say the gals at Firedoglake, ostensibly in response to their party bigwigs already yapping to the media: not-to-worry, we're not gonna do nothin' crazy. Or, in the thunderous prose of Christy Hardin Smith:
Let me get this straight, we have just taken back the House and, looking more likely as of this morning, the Senate, and Rahm's first priority is to shore up his power base and his ties to K Street.Goodness, but they do stamp their feet. The Democratic Party is a huge, money-drinking corporate entity, so of course its first order of business is to reward the folks who write the bills (and the Bills), to keep the loud-mouth populism to a minimum now that the populus has had its say. Rank-and-file Democrats are like nothing so much as congregants who imagine their role in the call-and-response portion of the liturgy means that they're running the service.
The foot-stomping continues:
And I'm here to tell you right now that Henry Waxman had better be sitting in that committee chairman's seat overseeing the rampant war profiteering oversight, or there is going to be a world of shit headed directly at a certain ballet-dancer-turned-self-promoter's head. Some principles should not be sacrificed — and allowing big companies to steal from the federal government because you are hoping they will donate to your campaign coffers is not — I repeat NOT — acceptable. Period. So cross that off the list if it's there, it is non-negotiable.I'm sure that's got Rahm Emmanuel and company all a-quiver. Of what mechanism, precisely, will the villagers avail themselves in this quest to right the wrongs perpetrated upon their honor? Yo, Christy, you've already voted. What're you gonna do, stay home in aught-eight? Your armory is empty, baby, and it's Rahm, the War Party, and the Credit Card industry who won this round, as they win every round, because they have influence and access, while you've got a loud-mouthed rabble who, in the end, always act predictably, always hold your nose, and always give the Complex what it wants. Don't tense your back. The shiv will slide in a lot easier if you just relax.
If you think for a moment that those of us who just worked our asses off for a win are simply going to roll over and say thank you when you spit on us, you can think again.
I ask myself: How well-attended will the next antiwar march on Washington be, what with the Dems happily jiggering the levers of power? Within the next few months, the Democratic party line will move along to smarter fighting, better occupation, more troops, timelines for those backwards Iraqis to get their shit in order. The firebreathing "antiwar" democratic blogs, meanwhile, will make like Echo and repeat the party line, since dissent might lead in two years to defeat. Like Echo, they're cursed by their own idolatrous longings. And who do you suppose that makes the Dems, you mythologists?