For the past several years, the unprecentedly lawless and dishonest conduct of the Bushite regime has been the major American story. But more recently, while from the Bushites we’ve been getting more of the same, the big story of the recent past has been not the Bushite problem but the reluctance of the Democrats to confront that problem.
To me that failure has been big news partly because it was not what I expected.
When things happen differently from my expectation, I always try to pay attention. The unexpected I take as a sign that there’s something going on that I didn’t understand, and therefore a likely opportunity for me to learn something.
That’s been true lately with the failure of the Democrats to confront the Bushite evils more boldly and more consistently than they have. Whereas the first half year or so of the new Congress unfolded more or less as I thought they would, the past several months have greatly surprised –I should say disappointed– me. The cave-ins on FISA and Mukasey exemplify these disappointments.
Since the Democrats have not been acting as I thought they would –this may be shifting, but it’s not yet clear– I’ve had to take a new look at the Democrats to see how I need to revise my understanding of who they are and where they’re coming from. Among the hypotheses I’ve been reconsidering is one that I’ve steadfastly rejected when it’s been advanced by readers of mine who have asserted that the Democrats are really not different from the Bushites in any important way, that they are willingly complicit in the Bushite fascism.
That hypothesis no longer looks so flat-out wrong to me as it did. I used to reject the idea because the people who proposed it often pointed to situations where it was not clear to me that the Democrats had politically viable choices that were clearly superior to the course they took. But more recently –in ways that I have discussed in a variety of articles– the Democrats have seemed willing to give this unpopular, criminal president his way when there seem to me to be obvious courses of action that are both morally superior AND politically more advantageous.
So, faced with the puzzle of why they have continued to enable this president, I’ve found it less obvious that they’re not in some way allied with him.
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Less obvious, but I still do not see that this hypothesis fits the evidence. Here’s what doesn’t fit.
Even when the Democrats eventually cave in, they’re still doing a not-trivial part of the job they should be doing. In the case of the confirmation process for Mukasey, for example, a truly complicit covert ally of the administration would not have asked some of those tough questions of the nominee that elicited from him such important reminders about the lawlessness of this administration. Real allies would not expose the unsupportable and unconstitutional claims that the president is above the law, nor would they have focused such extensive public attention on the disgrace of this administration’s policies of torture.
Indeed, throughout this year, the Democrats have helped to expose the evils and defects of this Bushite regime. And this exposure has inflicted genuine political damage on the Bushites. The fact that George W. Bush is now “strongly disapproved” by fully HALF the population is evidence that the job of awakening the American people to the evils of this regime –which is the job that makes all the other important work achievable– is being accomplished.
(By the same token, this public turning against the president is evidence that the media –so disappointing in so many ways– are not wholly complicit with the regime.)
The evidence, therefore, seems mixed in a most puzzling way. On the one hand, the Democrats (and the press) seem to shrink from opportunities they have to press and win the fight against the Bushites’ assault on the American system. On the other hand, they also are continually doing damage to the regime.
The charge of “complicity” does not seem to fit that evidence. But what does?
It has seemed at times that the Democrats might be blind to the evils, or not to recognize the gravity of the stakes in this struggle. But they also regularly make statements that suggest they do see and do know.
It sometimes seems possible that they’re just so deficient in vision that they cannot come up with even reasonably clever political strategies. But it is hard to believe that the intelligence available for such strategizing could be so paltry as that would imply.
And then there is the idea, proposed by some, that the Democrats are just “throwing” the fight out of fear of the regime– fear of meeting the fate met (as some allege) by Wellstone, or the fear that controls victims of blackmail (as reportedly practiced of old by J. Edgar Hoover). But I find this explanation implausible as well.
Thus at the moment, none of the available answers seem satisfactory, and the question remains open for me.
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