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How Liberals Strengthen the Right Wing

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The Democrats look around, blindly, after losing their long-held Senate seat in Massachusetts, and with it their Senate super-majority. They wrongly blame the voters, or their "populist" opponent, but rarely themselves. The Democrats' claim to be "shocked," but this scenario is now too familiar in the U.S. two-party system -- that corporate-owned game of political musical chairs.

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Just when it seemed that the Democrats could finally "do something" -- since they had a year of super-majority status in the Senate -- a wrench was somehow thrown in the machinery.

After reaching 60 Senate votes (counting the Independents), a new grouping magically emerged in the party -- the Blue Dog Democrats: not quite Democrat, not quite Republican. And now, because the Democrats have, again, proved they are the "other" party of big business, they've lost their super-powerful congressional status, with many more losses soon to come. Obama has already begun his political retreat, as if he had made any forward progress.

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Shamus Cooke is a social service worker and activist living in Portland Oregon.
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