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Tilting at Windmills

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January 24, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

YEAH, BABY!....Brad Plumer thinks the Democratic agenda announced today is too wimpy. Why not aim for the moon?

The Democrats, after all, have no hope of getting any of these things passed over the next four years. Especially since House Speaker Dennis Hastert has already declared that no bill will get by the lower chamber unless it has the support of a majority of Republicans. So the Democrats don't need to craft bills that hew closely to political reality. Like Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite, they can promise that "If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true." So on education, for instance, they could have proposed universal preschool. On voting reform, they could have promised to abolish the electoral college, or eliminate gerrymandering. On budget reform, they could have vowed to "end corporate pork as we know it". What? These things will never happen, you say? Who cares? The goal of an opposition agenda isn't to get stuff passed through Congress; the goal is to define what the opposition party stands for.

Arf!

Kevin Drum 8:05 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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