Another golden opportunity to redefine what it is to be a liberal, to be a progressive, to be a Democrat, in the 21st century has been wasted. Surprise.
In the wake of the Katrina disaster, the Democrats could and should have done two things:
1. Reminded voters they are the party that knows how to make government actually work (exhibit 1, the Clinton administration, when government institutions performed ably for the most part).
2. Demanded cuts in federal spending, especially the unbelievably wasteful Transportation appropriations bill, to pay for (or partly pay for) reconstruction in New Orleans and the greater Gulf coast.
Because of the utter and complete incompetence of the Republican-led Congress and White House, Dems have the opportunity right now, with some smart moves, to establish themselves as the party of fiscal sanity and a functional government. These messages are both substantively right, and would be political winners. I am glad to see Kos (whom I usually find a little too overly excited) pushing the pork-busting meme.
It’s no longer (and never was) enough to sit back and whine about what idiots the Republicans are. We need a plan and some leadership, please.