The Democrats have been provided with a huge opening on the tax cut issue by Republicans. The big question is: Will they seize their potential advantage?
A major element driving the issue of creating a third party revolves around the pathetic example the Democrats have provided in recent years.
The course Obama charted during the 2008 "Yes we can!" campaign on the issues of honesty and prosecuting violations of the law and the U.S. Constitution has been severely compromised. Instead of prosecuting culprits from the previous administration Obama and subordinates have copied them on the pretext of fighting terrorism, the supreme catchall used by Bushies.
This campaign is shaping up as a repetition of previous ones where Democrats failed to take advantage of opportunities to score big against Republicans. The ammunition is clearly available with the current debate over tax cuts.
In one instance where a mainstream media spokesperson stood tall for the public interest and pushed a corrupt Republican against the wall, David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press" exposed Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as a prevaricating representative of the wealthiest sector of Americans telling an untruth to masquerade his intent.
McConnell kept insisting that Obama's tax plan to eliminate the Bush tax cuts designed to benefit the nation's top two percent of taxpayers, the wealthiest segment, constituted a tax hike during a recession.
Rather than allow McConnell to wiggle off the hook, as so many mainstream media spokespersons have done in the past, such as failing to bear down on George W. Bush on the issue of taking America to war in Iraq, Gregory proved to be tenacious.
Gregory repeatedly explained to the uncomfortable Republican senator that in place of a tax increase, allowing the otherwise expiring tax cuts to remain would trigger a devastating increase to the already burgeoning U.S. debt. McConnell shrunk under the pressure, his false claim being exposed under the white heat generated by an honest and uncompromising questioner.