People don’t seem to realize that the important election isn’t the once-every-four-years circus to pick a new President, but the much more frequent, and much more local, Congressional elections. As Matthew Yglesias points out, it’s really hard for Presidents to push public opinion (and thus dictate policy). The take-away for people frustrated with Obama is not to get frustrated with Obama, but to work hard to get progressives in Congress, and to put pressure on your representatives in the legislative branch.

And to remind people (especially independents) that their Republican or Blue Dog rep is one of the people blocking reform, and thus one of the people we need to vote out of office.

 
  • I heard a great interview with Max Cleland today where he admitted to voting for the Iraq war in part because he thought it would get him reelected – which it didn’t.

    There isn’t a day that goes by where Max doesn’t think about the thousands of kids who were killed and the tens of thousands wounded in part because of his decision to vote for the war.

    I wonder if we can get Cleland to call Space and Wilson to give them some much needed advice on their roles as elected officials before they end up suffering years of regret watching their uninsured constituents suffer and die because they voted against a robust health care system reform plan.

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