The Left’s Relationship to the Democratic Party Proper

Over at Digby’s place, David O. Atkins has one of the exceedingly rare pieces of seriously confused thinking that can be found in the archives there. In a think piece on what we here on the left can - or should - take away from Eric Cantor’s stunning upset, Atkins conflates two very different problems within the Democratic party proper: "Democrats reliably vote in presidential elections,...

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

STEP 1. President Obama makes a deal with big PhRMA to keep drug prices artificially high, not pay Medicare prices, not allow reimportation of Canadian drugs, and not allow bargaining (beyond bare minimum). Senate Democrats, under pressure from not only PhRMA, but also the insurance lobby and its wholly-owned subsidiary, the GOP, waters down the public option to the point of uselessness in an...