The Curse of the Election Loser

One of the few things that can be counted upon in US politics is complete chaos in the losing party after an election. Just like clockwork the factions that make up a party take turns blaming each other for the lack of success in the previous cycle. Most of the time the party comes back together, blames their failure on ” faulty messaging,” and goes right back to doing the things that frustrated the voters in the first place.

It was with this in mind that I read the stories about the major rift developing in the Democratic party. President Obama is finally coming to the table as the “post partisan” politician that he billed himself as in 2008 and according to Roll Call the left is not taking it well.

The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting.
One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” while Rep. Shelley Berkley was defending the package the president negotiated with Republicans. Berkley confirmed the incident, although she declined to name the specific lawmaker.
“It wasn’t loud,” the Nevada Democrat said. “It was just expressing frustration from a very frustrated Member.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) was also overheard saying that “we can’t trust him” not to cave to Republicans and extend the tax cuts again in two years, according to a Democratic source

So this is the far left’s answer to compromise?  If so we have a long two years ahead of us as President Obama will have to accept the political realities of concessions that are associated with having the opposition in the House.  While Obama may be smart enough to realize that to get his own agenda through he will have to concede other aspects of it to the Republican House, I am not so sure that his colleagues on the left on Capitol Hill are.

The media is not quite as giddy over these developments as they are when Republicans disagree, so we may not hear as much about some of the anger being exhibited by the left in the wake of the President’s decision to extend the “Bush tax cuts.  Nevertheless this is something that the left will need to keep in check.  Splintering after an election loss is normal.  Talking about the President in that manner is not.

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3 Responses to The Curse of the Election Loser

  1. allogenes says:

    I agree that personal disrespect towards the President is uncalled for, even if sometimes understandable in the heat of the moment. He has his job to do. Everyone else has theirs. There is no reason for the “left”or anyone else not to continue to stand up for their own agenda and try to push public policy in their direction, just as the “right” does, no matter who happens to be President or what the President finds to be necessary in order to make the system work at all.
    It will probably be, on the whole, a good thing if the new tax/stimulus compromise passes. Not only does it have a chance of doing some benefit to the economy, but most people, however much they oppose tax cuts for the ultra-rich, are probably unwilling to sacrifice their own tax cuts in that cause; the Democrats will not come out looking good if everyone’s tax goes up. Still, at least some token opposition from the left in Congress might be a good thing also, to remind people that tax cuts for the rich are not something we all support.

    • Gripweed says:

      Thanks for the comment! I agree that tempers are frayed at this point. I do think, though, that if a Republican had said what this unnamed Congressman is reported to have said the story would be all over the news and the Congressman would be well on the way to a censure. But that’s as may be. I may lean right but it brings me no joy to see this type of reaction to an act of political compromise which, hey, just may help the economy, too.

  2. Brandon says:

    Not surprising this froths to the top for the losing side in the election. The right did it two years ago, now the left is doing so. I’m curious to see if it gets coverage in certain circles.

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