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Glenn Greenwald on Who Lost in Last Night’s Election

“But for slothful pundits who want to derive sweeping meaning from individual races in order to blame the Left and claim that last night was a repudiation of liberalism, the far more rational conclusion — given the eradication of 50% of the Blue Dog caucus — is that the worst possible choice Democrats can make is to run as GOP-replicating corporatists devoted above all else to serving corporate interests in order to perpetuate their own power: what Washington calls “centrists” and “conservative Democrats.” That is who bore the bulk of the brunt of last night’s Democratic bloodbath — not liberals.”

— Glenn Greenwald


See also Dave’s article on yesterday’s results here.

8 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald on Who Lost in Last Night’s Election”

  1. I disagree with the liberals and I disagree with the conservatives. I did not vote to pick the “lesser” of two evils. Most people did that I know.

    Representative democracy has outlived its usefulness.

    It is time for elimination of the Senate Body, Presidency, and rule by a less removed form of elected representative like we almost have now in Congress. Mayors are elected and Mayors are more in tune with their towns. A body comprised of all Mayors would replace the Senate and leave the Congress as the farthest removed representative body. Term limits for everybody including Supreme Court Judges. Net worth limits as well.

    That is how it will eventually be. You can say you read it hear first.
    I may not live that long but it is going to happen.


  2. Curtis, I do not for even a moment think your proposal to replace the Senate and House with a body comprised of the nation’s mayors will work. But your proposal is indeed the most interesting proposed change to the Constitution I can recall hearing of in at least a decade. Thank you for sharing it!


  3. I agree with Greenwald on this. The Democrats regained power in 2006 in response to the excesses of the right, and Obama was elected with his progressive message. The failure of the left in 2010 is so clearly a response to their failing to live up to the rhetoric of ’08 or ’06, but of course the party will use this excuse to move further to the right.

    After all, who else are we going to vote for? And, to be honest, they’re right on that count.


  4. Welcome to the blog, Sean!

    I agree with you. I think the conventional wisdom will soon settle on the notion that yesterday’s results represent a repudiation of the Left. It is so sad most Democrats will buy into that nonsense and move to the Right.

    By the way, I took a look at your blog and instantly fell in love with your art. Is it possible that I republish one of your photos with proper accreditation?


  5. It’s always a back and forth: people are unhappy and vote someone out, and then they are still unhappy and vote out the next guys. America is a fickle public, and we’re never happy with what you’re giving us. I don’t think my self-esteem would be able to handle being a politician; you’re never good enough and you never give enough.


  6. Astasia, I think most swing voters vote their guts, not their minds. And their guts are mostly their feelings about the economy as it affects them. Their food, clothing, shelter, etc. The result is, as you point out, that politics is back and forth.

    I wonder what kind of politician you’d make? I don’t know you well enough to have an opinion about that, but of course if you say you wouldn’t like it, I believe you.


  7. I would suck as a politician. I am quite diplomatic, and my work has always involved dealing with and working with people, and most people find me to be helpful, an empathetic listener, etc., but I am not skilled at winning over large groups of people to my cause.

    Paul, how would you do as a politician?


  8. I think I possess some of the skills needed to succeed in politics, but I have no love for political work, Astasia. My heart would not be in it.

    When I was about your age, my uncle, who was involved in politics on the state level, confided in me that he felt his political career had been a mistake, that he had for a long time been unhappy, and that politics was “filthy business”. In sum, he argued I should avoid a political career at all costs. I took his advice to heart.


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