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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Declare victory and go home

With the 60th Senate health care vote negotiated, it's time to look at what we are on the verge of accomplishing -- not look back at what is being left on the table.

For all my left side of the table positions, I am acutely aware of the problems posed by a dogmatic insistence on purity over reality. I cut my political teeth by voting for then Cambridge Mayor Barbara Ackerman in the 1978 Democratic gubernatorial primary. I was hoping to send a message to first-term Gov. Michael Dukakis for his handling of the '70s fiscal crisis.

That "message" resulted in the election of Edward J. King as governor. Message received.

So I am here to applaud Barack Obama and the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate for working to what is possible -- on health care and on climate change.

Paul Krugman has already eloquently stated what the alternative would be to blowing up the Senate health care measure as punishment for the apostasy of Lieberman and Nelson.

The same agonizing incrementalism on climate change may also be less than satisfying as we witness yet another blockbuster storm barrel up the East Coast.

But a victory is a victory -- especially over an opposition that refuses to take its head out of the sand, offer alternatives and resorts to lies and delaying tactics.

And yes, it's not over until it's over. But we are a lot closer to a result than we were when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney ruled Washington.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Judy Meredith said...

Exactly right as usual. Thanks for the words............I'll borrow them, preceded of course by "as Massachusetts Liberal says,...

December 20, 2009 12:59 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thank you. I assume the Ackerman-Dukakis story brings back chills? I've always been grateful that her votes combined with his still would not have been enough. But what a lesson :-)

December 20, 2009 1:43 PM  

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