Once the Republicans took the majority, they were expected to accomplish something. And they actually did, for some time, but after a while some of them were more about keeping their jobs than doing what we elected them to do.
Well, the Democrats used that to great advantage in 2006, promising to get things done, to do everything better, smarter, faster, whatever. One great example was the appropriations, with the Democrats jumping all over the Republicans for failing to complete all the appropriations bills before October 1st deadline.
Well now it's a year later, the Democrats are in charge in the house and senate. And they have done almost nothing. For example, not a SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL has been sent to the President for a signature. NOT A SINGLE ONE.
Meanwhile, their base, which expected to be repaid for their support, is getting really mad at them for not getting us out of Iraq, not getting Bush and Cheney impeached, and a host of other things they expected but are never going to get.
So it wasn't surprising to see this blog entry from some guy named Brad, a self-professed democrat, who says he's giving up blogging: "Bye":
I’ve talked for months about why I feel the Democratic party is the best solution for America, and I can’t say I believe that as forcefully any more. They are in no way worse than Republicans, but after nearly a year of a Democratic majority that was supposed to rein in a runaway executive and put the nation back on the right track, we are now even worse off than we were when Republicans controlled Congress.
Ouch. I've actually been relatively happy with Congress because they've only screwed up a few things. Having accomplished almost nothing is the best I could hope for from the liberal leadership, and I've gotten my wish.
Brad's littany of horrors continues:
The Democrats have conspired to legalize illegal wiretapping (once an impeachable offense) and they’ve allowed Bush to send even more troops into Iraq, escalating a war they were given a mandate to end.
I'm thankful for both of these accomplishments.
I’ve defended Democrats on this blog for too long. In my opinion the Democrats currently in both houses of Congress (with some notable exceptions) are not part of the solution; they have only so far furthered the same old problems. I can no longer with good conscience defend them as a group.
Sorry Brad, but you've learned what we conservatives already knew -- you can't trust the Democrats in congress to do what they say. They often lie to get elected. In conservative districts they pretend to be conservative, in liberal districts they say they'll toe the liberal line, but once in office they will do what they will.
In this case, enough Democrats know that the war is important that, while they were happy to ride into a majority on the backs of the anti-war liberals, they had no real intention of ending the war.
Look at the big 3 democrat presidential candidates. Not ONE of them will promise to get us out of Iraq in their FIRST 4 YEARS. So much for the "mandate to leave Iraq", we aren't talking about out in a year. Under any likely Democrat president, we will probably still be in Iraq in 2012. Again, this is only right, I'm glad they won't commit to a date to leave, but it's not what they promised to get elected.
I know there are republicans who say whatever to get elected. But I find most will tell the harsh truths, and sometimes it will cost them if their opponent will lie to be elected.
So Brad is not going to blog anymore, and I can't say I'll miss him because frankly I have no idea who he is and I've never read his blog before. He closes:
I also remain convinced that such broad-based blogging about politics is useless without a massive net to cast. I don’t have that. Big ideas were my focus, and big ideas are what are for some reason incompatible with this modern political state. This has never turned out to be quite what I wanted it to be, and that’s okay with me. It’s time to move on.
Oh, OK, that's not how he closed. He did say that, but then he went on to explain how he's starting up a NEW blog to attack Eric Cantor.
Because as a liberal, he's learned a lesson. Big ideas were his focus, but big ideas are meaningless in the liberal world. So he's going to do what liberals do best -- Run a personal smear-site against a republican politician.