Before the Supreme Court ruled against McCain-Feingold, unleashing unlimited corporate campaign contributions into the political scene, the big issue of the week was the defeat of the filibuster-proof Obama majority in the Senate. Despite the seriousness of the Supreme Court ruling, the issue of why the Democrats lost Ted Kennedy's seat should not go away, for there is a message contained within it which both parties, as well as the Court, should be heeding.
But before any such message can be evaluated for action, one has to clear away the clutter. In the instance of the claim that the Democratic Party lost for being out of touch with voter reality, those the clutter protects attempt to make the spinning worse and hide what the real issues are. Senator Evan Bayh and former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis attempt to do their post-ruling-best duty to the ruling corporatists by attempting to paint their Democratic Party as being under the thrall of the Left, a claim which Glenn Greenwald laboriously exposes as fraudulent. Greenwald's exposé is supported by Ezra Klein, who reports that the Left got "exactly nothing they wanted in recent months."
How this puts the Democrats under the control of the Left escapes examination once one looks at the details, as Greenwald and Klein have done. Even conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan is amazed that the unsupportable attempt is underway. So what is the reason for making these specious claims?
Greenwald proposes that the strategy is to isolate Obama from the effects of the Massachusetts defeat. Considering how isolated Obama has been since winning the election, one has to wonder just who is actually being protected by this action. Supposedly, according to Josh Marshall and Kevin Drum, the laughable argument is that what little liberal media as exists in this nation somehow derailed the Obama agenda due to not blindly following the leader. I invite these two sages, and any other unsighted and unthinking Obama-tons, to recall that one of the major complaints about the Republicans during their majorities was their blind allegiance to GOP Party leaders. Is this how Democrats should rule just because the shoe is now on the other foot?