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There’s a grand tradition of Bipartisan BS in the immediate aftermath of an election campaign. The vicious attacks are soon forgotten, and the talk of “unificating” and “coming together” take center stage. The press dutifully lap up all the talk because they can’t see beyond it. To his credit, Obama went further than most by actually making bipartisan BS actually part of his campaign. But let’s face it, a smart politician like the President-Elect will say anything to get elected.

The truth is that attempting bipartisanship is a recipe for total disaster. The nation is in deep trouble on all fronts. It needs real change (not just the half-baked rhetorical kind). To make the truly progressive advances the country needs means breaking some eggs and seriously pissing off some vested interests. And with the mandate that the Democrats have there’s no need to even talk to the GOP, let alone bring them aboard on the process. They are in the wilderness and that’s where they deserve to stay.

We have to hope that Obama is smart enough not to embrace his own Bipartisan BS. The choice of Rahm Emmanuel as White House Chief of Staff is clearly a very good sign that the next President is ahead of the curve. Emmanuel is a true attack dog, just the kind of enforcer to strike fear into recalcitrant Blue Dog Democrats looking over their shoulder. When Emmanuel is on the prowl, there are going to be casualties. And that is a good thing.

If Obama governs from the center, like he suggests he will, there is no question he will fail to halt the decline of this country. He’s talked a great deal of “sacrifice”. The sacrifice required to transform the nation might include his own popularity. Nothing less than sweeping legislation on all fronts is needed. If he doesn’t enrage large chunks of the population he’s not going far enough.

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Written by coolrebel

November 8, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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