By way of Oliver Willis, we discover that the Corporate Democrat Third Way propaganda tank has decided that doubling down on failed Blue Dog policies is exactly what
it will take to kill off the Democratic Party will resuscitate the Democratic Party’s fortunes:
The party is about to come to a major fork in the road,” said Jonathan Cowan, Third Way’s president. “A left turn at this juncture is a turn toward permanent minority status.”
The group’s efforts reflect the underlying tension President Barack Obama faces as he heads into the last two years of his first term. Liberals say there’s an enthusiasm gap with Republicans because Democrats are disappointed that the party was too timid about the size of the stimulus, compromised on the public option in health care reform and ran away from its accomplishments. Those closer to the middle say a more moderate face for the party is the only hope to win back independents, reelect Obama and retake the House in 2012, assuming it is lost Tuesday.
What I have never understood about the Blue Dogs and the conservative Democrats is that they seem utterly unconcerned with enacting policies that will help middle class people. Yes, the politics, the optics, or whatever you want to call them matter. But the people they’re trying to appeal to, except, perhaps, outside of the South, are not needed for Democratic victories.
Do they really believe that ‘fiscal responsibility’ is going to help put people back to work? Do they really think opposing serious mortgage relief is helpful? It seems to me that all they’re concerned about is positioning. Steve Benen:
For example, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) noted this the other day, as part of a potential Democratic response to the midterm elections:
Democrats should support a freeze on federal hiring and pay increases. Government isn’t a privileged class and cannot be immune to the times.
Reading this, I’m wondering, “How would that help the economy?” Bayh is arguing that we’d be better off if fewer unemployed workers get jobs and federal workers have less money. I’m sure he can explain why this would help the economy — and I’m sure it’s very “moderate” — but I have no idea what that explanation might be.
This presumes that Evan Bayh actually wants to do something about the employment deficit. He doesn’t.