Archive for September 2011
Today, North Carolina governor Bev Perdue made the stupid
"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that…you want people who don’t worry about the next election." – Gov. Bev Perdue
Actually, Bev, we do. We want Congressional members and elected officials to quake in their boots (or wing-tipped shoes) over the notion that they are going to get the voter-sponsored ouster from office. This is precisely the reason why we have elections – because if they do something in office that the public does not like, the people have the right to remove them from office. This is a very sacred thing in our Republic.
We all get the gist of why Ms. Perdue made her statement – because Congress members are so worried that they might be elected out of office that they are consumed with that, rather than doing the business of legislating.
However, for her to even make that statement, even in jocularity, shows that she might not have much reverence for the structure of our country.
Democrats and Republicans are in general agreement these days that Congress is basically dysfunctional because of partisan bickering and political posturing. However the bigger question at present is before the Democrats – how will 2012 affect Democratic chances for any sort of significant piece of the political action from 2013-2015? Right now, President Obama is losing his base in droves. Democratic senators in 17 races are looking like they might have to face significant opposition – some of which will lose. With only four seats needed to take control of the Senate, it looks like Thanksgiving next year is going to be really dismal for the Democrats. And if New York HD9 indicates anything, the Democrats are in real trouble.
Perdue’s comment represents the emerging frustration of Democrats as they see their chances to further their agenda slip away and that’s got to be crushing because they are squandering their opportunities that they have for a shot at the future and that shot is becoming less possible.
Not that I’m complaining because the Democrats have done far enough.