One of the reason I am so resistant to self-identify as an official “Democrat” is how figgen scatterbrained the “base” tends to be.
On balance I agree more with the general Democratic platform than the Republican, but mainly because there is not a viable Socialist party.
So, I consider myself a prgmatist in many ways, especially when viewing how politics work. Setting aside the Lieberman decision by the Democratic caucus today, in letting him keep his Homeland security chairmanship (hell, I think the whole Department of Homeland security notion kind of creepy to start with), there has been a lot of backbiting in Democratic circles about a possible H. Clinton as SoS, and the fact that Obama is drawing on Clinton era appointees to help staff his WH.
To which I say,
Consider, the bulk of what a president gets done happens in the first two years. The pool of experienced Democratic talent Obama has to draw on is pretty limited to the Clinton years. And make no mistake he needs experienced people in office, otherwise you are going to end up with 6 months to a year lost to people trying to find their feet.
Recall B. Clinton’s first few months in office? They where horrendous. One of the reasons the Health care initiative failed so bad was the complete inability of the Clinton WH to get anything done with their green staff.
Indeed, it seems that nowadays even a large section of the “Left” has bought into the narrative that the “right” has managed to propagate so effectively, that the Clintons = bad. As Bill Marh has said recently, in fact the majority of “drama” from the Clintons was media manufactured bull shit. Outside of the failing to keep his dick in his pants, once Bill managed to get a handle on how things actually worked in Washington he was a pretty effective president in many areas. Yes, there are notable exceptions, losing congress is a glaring one, but you tell me, who is better, B. Clinton or George Bush, Bush II, Reagan… Cause even with his many flaws he was head and shoulders above those wankers.
It was the Republicans who where suppose to be in disarray after the election, yet it seems the Dems have managed to form up a nice little circular firing squad all their own.