Maybe if the obvious is pointed out by someone else, there won't so much angst over it.
Steve Benen, at the Washington Monthly, writes this:
Seven months after raising the specter of Republicans trying to hurt the economy on purpose, I can’t help but notice the “sabotage” question appears to be picking up some steam.
Yesterday, Michael Tomasky went even further, arguing that Democrats should start “saying openly what has been clear for months or even years now — that as long as economic recovery would work to the political benefit of Barack Obama, the Republicans have been, are, and will be in favor of sabotaging the economy.” Tomasky added this is “obvious.”
The point isn’t to question Republicans’ bizarre priorities or values; the point is to make economic argument clear to the public. Too many bemoan a vague “lack of political will” or “absence of leadership” as the reason so little gets done. Those people are wrong.
The Tomasky article is a must read. Benen quotes this from Tomasky:
Washington is a city of conspiracies, but far and away the most pernicious one is the fiction, in which one must participate if one wants to be regarded as a “serious” person, that both parties are more or less equally to blame for the present malfunctioning of our democracy. […]
Nonsense. There’s nothing vague about it. It’s crystal clear. We can’t do these things because of the extreme nature of the Republican Party and the right-wing noise machine that enforces such rigid ideological purity. Period and end of story.
Tomasky also gives concrete examples of how the Washington dysfunctions play out as regards concrete policy important to liberals and progressives. In almost every case, he shows how Republicans were for many of these policies, until they were offered by Democrats and/or the President. And as SteveM of NMMNB pointed out in the link from my previous post, they get away with such egregious flip-flopping and obstruction because the accepted narrative is that *both* parties share the blame equally. That is a fiction, an untruth that SteveM, Steve Benen, Michael Tomasky and myself have pointed out should be obvious.
For whatever reason, there are those who are deeply invested in that illusion. The Republicans most certainly are; that's the very point behind their campaign of willful destruction. For some, like Jane Hamsher, maintaining that illusion is a clear path to importance and profit. The Greens do it because the only way they can gain any relevance at all is to take down the Democrats such that we turn to them when Republicans crush us even more than they have already. Regardless of why any support that lie (Tomasky suggest that it's misplaced 'courtesy', and recent events convince me that he is in part correct), the illusion, the fairy tail, maintains it's strength on both sides of ideological spectrum. This is Monster Making, 101. Notice that this narrative doesn't have the finger pointing at hippies, liberals or progressives. This illusory accusation of weak will/both parties are equally at fault, contradictory statements held as if both can be true, is focused squarely at Democrats.
The consequence of supporting that illusion are clear. The Republicans regain power, having shown for half a century that they can't govern anything. The recent Montana legislature is clearest proof of that consequence. Another consequence is a built in feature of the fairy tail itself. Anyone who points out that it's a fantasy, an illusion, is only supporting the Monster. That one must be 'in the bag' for Democrats, or angling for a DNC position, or insulting those who have embraced the lie, or crying 'with us or against us', when in fact the one's parroting George Bush are the ones supporting the illusion. Again, Monster Making 101.
I'm not supporting or defending 'Democrats' as an entity, despite what so many feel a need to accuse me of doing. I will support individual Democrats, just as I will disagree with them. But I've spent too many years online exposing the lies of the right, discussing their Monster Making, to simply join in holding Democrats accountable for Republican attempts to hurt the country. They aren't responsible for it, and that should be obvious.