Here’s a cheery note to begin the end of the week — Ohio citizens have stopped a voter suppression law from taking effect today. The law, signed by Gov. Kasich earlier this year, would have cut back on early voting and erects new barriers for absentee and even for election day voters. Yesterday opponents of the law delivered more than 300,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
Now back to our usual B&M — bitchin’ & moanin’. In spite of the fact that the GOP presidential candidates belong under a bell jar in the Pathetic Museum, Republican voters still have more enthusiasm for 2012 than Democrats. But, Mistermix says,
Iâ€™m sure after President Romney and his Republican Congress shutter Planned Parenthood, appoint enough Supremes to overturn Roe v Wade, privatize the Department of Education, turn Medicare into Vouchercare, and outsource the Treasury Department to Goldman-Sachs, Democratic enthusiasm will return.
I’m starting to think a big chunk of American progressives are only happy when they feel they’re the outsiders trying to stand up to The Man. They can never adjust to being The Man. Give them their turn to be The Man, and they piss it off so they can go back to protesting.
The corollary to Mistermix’s post is this one by Matt Yglesias. It appears in some circles “success” in the activist arena can be whatever we say it is; something like the Bush Administration’s definition of “success” in Iraq. If you never spell out what you want to accomplish, then you can’t possibly fail.
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow — T.S. Eliot
Well, I guess we can still laugh at ourselves.