Hmmm... Sounds familiar...

It's only taken a decade, but intellectuals seem at last to have realized where the sticking point lies when it comes to getting Progressive policy enacted. It's not about "the system," as so-called "60s radicals" were so fond of complaining. (Today they're known as establishment Democrats.) 

No, the reason Progressive policy doesn't get enacted these days, in the immortal words of David Byrne, is the same as it ever was: Democrats themselves.

We've been saying it on this site all along (more than 10 years... but who's counting?): Democrats consistently lose because Democrats consistently refuse to take their electeds down the same road that the GOP has been taking its officeholders since Reagan: Loyalty Lane.

We pointed it out repeatedly (incessantly?) here and elsewhere (notably, the now-defunct FireDogLake) at the time: That steadfast refusal led to what proved the signal moment of Obama Administration's failure to deliver on its central promise: Universal health care. I know you remember: Democrats wouldn't kick Joe Lieberman, the suddenly, politically expediently "Independent" (turncoat is more like it), out of his committee positions, let alone the Democratic caucus itself, when he promised to oppose robust health care reform.

Lieberman's obstruction ultimately produced Obamacare, and to this day perpetuates the bonanza that the former Senator's monied, Big Insurance benefactors have long and ruthlessly extracted from the hides of working people.

Twelve years later, another "maverick senator" named Joe threatens to derail a plethora of decidedly Progressive policy and economic initiatives-any one of them stated at least nine thousand times more strongly, and more focused by similar margins than anything Obama ever proposed-and the party is again cowering and kowtowing, instead of calling Joe Manchin to the White House for good ol' fashioned talking to, buttressed by whatever threats to his political future are necessary to bring him in line. 

Will the Democrats yet again roll over and pin another defeat on "the system"? It would be easy enough: The filibuster is just sitting there, screaming, "Make me your scapegoat!" Likewise establishment Democrats, those chickenshit elites utterly petrified by an opposition that holds 30 percent of the voting public in its sway at best. They're already thinking, "Hmm, maybe the filibuster's right."

Do you think this time will be different?

Yeah. Me neither.

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