Two very disappointing pieces of legislation this week:
the Iraq funding bill passed, to the aid and comfort only of the oil and military industrial complex, and
the immigration bill with it’s permanent underclass and undercutting of working people (likely to pass in some form).
…on the one hand, the right wing is melting down over the GOP corporatist position on immigration, cracking the coalition with the grass roots racists. On our side, we control, supposedly, both houses of congress, and yet the Blue Dogs and other corporatists (led by Steny Hoyer, abetted by a handful of Dem senators) struck a deal with the White House to capitulate on the occupation funding just as we had the greater leverage and momentum on our side.
The same party is winning both fights, but it’s not the Dems or the GOP.
I wrote a post right before the election that was a little more weedy than David Sirota’s subsequent description of the Money Party versus the People Party. In it, I argued we actually have three parties. I’d like to recommend people take a look at that again, because I think it holds up rather well in light of the events of this week.