The horizon is not so far as we can see, but as far as we can imagine

The Flashcard Version

Bad policy = bad outcomes for ordinary people.  Bad outcomes for ordinary people when you control the House, Senate and White House  make them figure they should try the other party.   (See, 2006, 2008).

Dem politicos need to get this tattooed on their butt, so when they pull their heads out for air, they can’t avoid seeing it.

Good policy = good politics.  Wish there were some politicians who remembered that.


Parliamentary Politics in a non Parliamentary System


Democratic Strategy


  1. Mark Holbrook

    Thank you! What don’t they get about this simple formula?

  2. Celsius 233

    With Obama’s speech in Copenhagen all future criticism is moot. He has been lauded by conservatives for Christ’s sake!

  3. Celsius 233

    Sorry, I meant the Noble stuff; not Copenhagen, ugh!

  4. Formerly T-Bear

    Oh! doesn’t this call for the finding of a place with two hands and a flashlight comment!

    They’re going to need more hands if tattoo is involved. Could be a conspiracy is required.

  5. Formerly T-Bear

    addendum to above:

    or worse, Democrats actually caucusing together, has not happened since Tip O’Neill last roamed the halls. /s

  6. Good policy = good politics.

    Well, that all depends on the relative power of good and evil, doesn’t it? If good’s more powerful (IOW, voters are smart enough to know what’s going on and stay informed), then that’s true. But if evil is more powerful, because it owns the news and most of the campaign finance power, then good policy == bad politics, because soon someone else will be in office.

    Clearly, there are times when good policy can overcome those disadvantages, as it would have with a good health care policy, but often times, many people have little idea what’s going on, and don’t seem to care.

  7. But that formula wouldn’t fill their campaign coffers with corporatist cash.

    It’ll never happen until we MAKE it happen.

    Carolyn Kay

  8. b.

    They have their heads so far up their arses they are comfortable mouth-breathers.

    I don’t think you have the incentives right. At this point, incumbency is a bonus, it is not the pay-off.

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