An ASTUTE analysis of what went wrong for the Democrats on Nov 2nd, by lead commentator for the Real News Network, Jay Paul
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Nov. 1 - TRNN Tomorrow the American voters will chose which brand of elites they want to govern them, Senior Editor Paul Jay said, quoting Conservative columnist George Will.
"Surely in a democracy it's time for us to quit being sentimental and say the question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule but which elites shall rule," Will originally stated.
In 2008, people voted for the elites that "promised change they could believe in", but less than two years later, public enthusiasm for the Democratic Party has dwindled while the Republican Party has gained momentum.
"President Obama and the Democratic Party could lose 50 or more seats in the House, might lose control of the Senate and a string of governorships across the country," said Jay.
Jay said that part of that momentum can be attributed to choices made by Obama's administration. "The Democratic Party allowed Republicans to rebrand themselves as populist behind the skirts of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party."
Jay lists six major choices of the Obama administration that allowed the recovery of Republican Party, starting with the choice to not investigate President Bush and Vice President Cheney for criminal actions while in office. Obama left the previous administration off the hook for the costs of a war founded on lies, and an economy founded on gambling, and now the origins of the present mess are lost in the public memory.
Failing to demand a system overhaul for the the broken-down banking and automotive industries are number five and four. Instead, Obama appointed a staff from Wall Street to help mend a system in need of complete renovation, and similarly failed to build a green economy out of the GM/ Chrysler bailout, said Jay.
Not defending the public option for health care reform is reason number three.
"When the process began, polls showed that most people were ready for a government run health insurance program of some sort. The insurance industry wanted a more regulated environment where everybody had to buy insurance. The industry got what they wanted, big Pharma got a sweetheart deal to boot, and most people were left dazed and confused by the process."
Choice number two is failing to change American foreign policy.