Ouch. The context for Cooper’s tweet is last night’s elections, which should come, as Greg Sargent writes, as a “brutal reality check for the Democratic Party” — and one with real consequences for Obamacare and climate change.
The Chicago Tribune opined that the partisan passage of Obamacare was the tipping point for Republicans.
The passage of Obamacare despite the fact that it was unpopular, despite the fact that no one in the opposition party wanted to touch it, despite the fact that the voters of Massachusetts sent a Republican to the Senate to vote against it, was hubris. Did Democrats just accept that their goal of national health care was worth alienating voters and losing control of lower offices? I don’t think it was a conscious decision, but they did sacrifice a lot of down-ticket Democrats in the House and Senate, who, it turns out, were actually pretty necessary to get anything further done.
But nobody was as upset by this as the leftist readers of “DemocraticUnderground.com.” Of course, they blame Republicans for their own losses, but many readers are more contemplative, if not wrong:
“He did nominate Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to chair the DNC. As the person chiefly responsible for developing the party’s national election strategy, I’d say she’s been a pretty poor choice.”
“A huge backlash against Obama and the Dems? Which led to massive control of statehouses by the GOP and redistricting that favored them. And yes, part of the blame goes to the Dems for being asleep about this and for Obama not being more aggressive in the 2010 cycle. I agree this record is a huge problem and is astounding given how fucked up the GOP is in general and how progressive ideas are generally poplar. But what can be done except to make sure 2020 is very different?”
“People came out and enthusiastically endorsed Hope and Change in 2008…and got instead a smart, articulate defender of the status quo. I wonder when the Democratic Party is going to realize that the status quo is not actually worth defending.