Get In The Game!
by nanobot, Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:25:14 PM EDT
If Obama and The Dems want to learn the game they might want to spend A Weekend At Bernie's: (from Huff Po)
Sen. Sanders isn't a Democrat (he's an Independent socialist who caucuses with them), but he has a lot to teach progressives inside and out the party about how to stand up for what's right: Detach from party leaders, hang tough, and be prepared to walk away if you can't negotiate something reasonable. He's fighting for better policies -- and ones that the public strongly supports. (Our American Majorityproject has more details.)
Let's hope they're paying attention across the country -- and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue
Check out the whole story at Huff Po. Here's the money quote:
Weekend at Bernie's
Sen. Sanders, and now Sen. Conrad, have increased the likelihood of getting a budget that more closely resembles what the public wants and needs. Sen. Sanders had to face down Sen. Conrad and the other Democrats on his Committee for a week. That took guts. He held out for the best possible deal, then compromised and settled.
Like they say: You gotta know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em. By facing down Conrad and the other Democrats on the Committee, he did them a favor. Now they can negotiate from a stronger position. Whatever happens, they'll be able to tell the public that somebody in Washington was looking out for them.
Some of us have been arguing for a long time that the progressive movement is too attached to the Democratic Party leadership, and more of the country's elected Democrats need to join with their House colleagues and negotiate for the public's best interests and voters' preferred policies. Sen. Sanders has shown them the way.
Senator Sanders also has an extremely informative and issue oriented website. Visit America's Senator!