In case anybody hasn’t been paying attention lately, we are in a time of change. MAJOR change. Just in the last few days more things have changed than we can even really keep track of effectively! Fr’instnace! Wow! That would have been HUGE news a few months ago, and now it is not even in the headlines or on the reclist. There is just too much change……Yipee!
When we have such a huge paradigm shift as that which we are apparently enjoying, it takes our little antiquated brains and emotions a while to catch up. Momentum carries us through the day far more than actual thought or perception. An ill wind has been blowing for what seems like an eternity. That fan has now been unplugged…..but even after you unplug the fan, the blades keep turning. The momentum of that power lasts for a while. Thus is it now with the Republicans.
Two things made me reflect on this. First this lede in an article about yet another big change that is under the radar a bit, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passing in the Senate. To quote the lede…”Boy, it feels good to have an occasional victory, doesn’t it?”
My response….get used to it!
The other spur was dengre’s excellent diary, Why they FEAR Eric Holder (and President Obama)… Part of the focus of which was the despicable but oh so predictable obstructionism of the Republicans in holding up Holder. My first reaction….born of the Age of Darkness we are emerging from….was Do Something! We must fight!
But then upon more rational and less reflexive pondering, I came to the conclusion that (other than pointing a finger to make sure the (unpatriotic, traitorous, America hating, lol) obstructionism is highlighted for the world to see) that the best tactic when it comes to Congressional Republicans is to ignore them.
Holder will be confirmed. Just as HRC was confirmed as Secretary of State, despite the ridiculous one day hold put on her confirmation by whiny Republican wooly mammoths like Cornyn. Because they have no actual power. Not in their numbers in Congress and not in public support for their so-called ‘policies.’
They have procedural power such as holds and filibusters…but as soon as “we” adjust to the fact that they are now a tuskless elephant, and as soon as their obstructionism ….and the fact that they are STILL propounding exactly the same policies that have failed SO disastrously…is held up for all the world and the voters to see, we can get on to the business of learning to ignore them.
Which is not to say we don’t have to account for them. All of the caveats of not misunderestimating your enemies and the lessons of dealing with a small band of terrorist insurgents apply, lol. But our thinking has to change. Our reactions have to change. And most of all, our attitude has to change. For the first time in a long time…there is a politician who is ahead of us when it comes to change. Because he has seen (as is becoming apparent) most if not all of the horrible things that we have seen. And is acting on it!
We have all been concerned about the post-partisan meme, that Obama would cave to the Repubs as our Congresscowards have for the past eight years. It is looking like (time will tell) Obama has very much realized his power. And that while he will involve the R’s, and listen to them, and pat them on their pointy little heads, he will NOT cave to them or allow them to dictate his actions. HE is acting, in large and meaningful ways, and they now have to react.
Obama has in less than a week overturned and set fire to huge sections of the circled wagons of the Conservative Baggage Train. He has with a flick of his pen made obsolete many of the most treasured….and stupid….Republican policies. From Stem Cells to reproductive rights to torture.
He has not been absolutely perfect and HIS momentum may fade over time, and we might have to both fight for him and against him on important issues. But so far, so very damn good!
Caveat emptor, of course, and Eternal Vigilance…but damn, he is ignoring the Republicans and doing what is right…so far. We need to do the same, to some extent. We need to adjust to this sweeping new reality, while not getting lulled to sleep by good news and good feelings. But…..If this is post-partisanship, I will take it!