Of course the same could be said about Obama, who Fox News often called “the silver tongued one” during his first campaign. Now, the Democrats are talking big [Wall Street tax for example ], assuming even if they are unable to recruit new believers, they will at least hold on to their true believers. Look, John Nichols is buying into the rhetoric.
But as Alterman called it, all of this b/s is Kabuki Democracy at work.
Democrats have no chance of getting the financial transaction tax out of the GOP Congress. So their Wall Street backers can take comfort that, while the Democratic “base” is appeased, the fat cats coffers remail fully stocked. The same goes for the Republicans, who know their mindless faithful will whoop it up when Obama vetoes Keystone, Social Security, Dodd-Frank and Obamacare “reform.” Nothing need become law as long as there is fodder for the upcoming debates and twenty-four-hour “news” commentary.
Cuomo once set up an $80,000,000 fund for housing the homeless. An advocate for the homeless, who praised Mayor Koch, indicated that the fund heavily touted by the governor was virtually unaccessible because of unreasonable red-tape conditions. The funds were later used to balance the state budget.
Mario Cuomo, master of campaigning in poetry and governing in prose.
Jan 13 2015 - 3:06pm