What Matt Yglesias Leaves Out of His Analysis: Himself

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 2:00 pm

I’ve said many times that it’s impossible to expect progressive members of Congress to hold together if they don’t have the backing of their natural fiscal constituencies — the liberal interest groups and the unions. Without that support, they’re left to raise money from PACS and other corporate sources to sufficiently fund their campaigns. That’s why they take turns championing progressive bills that ultimately fail so they can pretend they do something, and then voting for bad bills that ultimately pass so someone else can be the failed hero. When Tammy Baldwin votes for one PhRMA-friendly bill after another, progressives can say “hey, but she’s so good on LGBT issues!” Which never actually pass either, but the kabuki keeps activists sufficiently docile and donating to large organizations who fundraise off amping up outrage.

But it’s also worthy to note that it’s hard for them to withstand the assault of liberal “pundits” who sneeringly derided their efforts as naive, futile and “purist.” They should be proudly taking credit for their role in delegitimizing progressive opposition to the bill in liberal intellectual circles, much the same role that the same people played during the Iraq war.


The Urban Institute Helps Push Triggers… with Help from Robert Wood Johnson

By: Monday November 30, 2009 3:15 pm

Foundations are tools the wealthy use to push their views, and as needed to confuse the debate.

Why is HCAN Defending Blanche Lincoln from a Primary Challenge?

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 9:30 am

If HCAN’s ads on behalf of Lincoln were a surprise to anyone, they shouldn’t have been. They will continue to operate as part of the Democratic party infrastructure moving to protect their “own,” and if health care reform happens in the mean time, that is always going to be a secondary concern.

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