I have seen a lot of pretty good analysis of last night’s elections coming from the “fringes” on both sides, but especially from the far Left. I have also seen a lot of crappy analysis coming from the establishment types on both sides. But this piece by Lanny Davis takes the cake. Essentially, Davis blames hard-core progressives for the loss – not because they failed to support Coakley, but because they’re somehow responsible for the elements of health care reform that have most angered people against health care reform in recent weeks – special interest giveaways to unions and Nebraska, the public option, and individual mandates. Simultaneously, he seems to attack hard-core progressives for threatening to not support any bill without these provisions.
Seriously – what world has Davis been living in? Because so far as I’m aware, those giveaways to special interests were vehemently opposed by progressives and were a big part of the reason why they, along with a lot of independents, started turning against the bill. So far as I’m aware, the same die-hard progressives Davis is attacking (ie, the Jane Hamsher/Firedoglake set) have also been strongly opposed to the individual mandate. And, so far as I’m aware, the public option isn’t even included in the Senate bill that was the most proximate impetus for the voter anger for which Davis is blaming die-hard progressives. Indeed, provisions like the individual mandate, and the various special interest giveaways seem to find their core group of advocates precisely amongst the group of New Democrats that Davis claims progressives should be following.