Is reelectability standing in the way of a debt deal in Washington DC?
One network news talking head discussing the intransigence of the Tea Party members: “The only thing more dangerous than a politician seeking re-election is a politician who doesn’t care if he is re-elected.”
My perspective is that not caring about reelection is perhaps a good thing at the moment.
I appreciate the reality of the ins and the outs — you are either in power or out of power — but some hard decisions and tough stands need to be made.
Making hard decisions just isn’t happening, due probably in large part because it would affect reelectability.
Democrats especially need to really think about this. Republicans are divided but motivated and activist.
A piece by a center-left pollster in the New York Times takes the bottom line that most Americans agree more often with Democratic positions but just don’t trust Democrats.
Tea Partyers are radicals of the most subversive sort but there is a commendable method to their madness. By subversive I mean that they work very hard at undermining public confidence in the government. Twisted facts and outrageous claims are standard fare for all parts of the political spectrum. Yet the willingness to engage in this 24/7 without regard for reelectability is pure genius.