Do Democrats deserve to govern?
January 20, 2010 Leave a comment
Not if they fail to pass health care reform. Great quote from Ezra Klein:
For now, it's worth observing that a Democratic Party that would
abandon their central initiative this quickly isn't a Democratic Party
that deserves to hold power. If they don't believe in the importance of
their policies, why should anyone who's skeptical change their mind? If
they're not interested in actually passing their agenda, why should
voters who agree with Democrats on the issues work to elect them? A
commitment provisional on Ted Kennedy not dying and Martha Coakley not
running a terrible campaign is not much of a commitment at all.
I fear the answer posed in the question of my post is, "no." And again, if you have any doubts at all as to whether passing health care reform is the right move for the Democrats at this point, Jon Cohn very clearly lays out the case. If Democrats pass health care reform, they are still looking at a really tough November 2010. If they fail to pass it, they are looking at electoral doom (and I almost want to say deservedly so, but not really because it does come back to the inane embrace of the Filibuster as a de facto supermajority).