“People of the United States of America, your Congress is bought. …” – Dylan Ratigan
“Once you’ve said your piece, you can either keep saying it — and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it,” he said. “And the answer is, I don’t know. But I do know, in order to figure it out, I have to dismount.” – Media Decoder, by Brian Stelter
DYLAN RATIGAN will be missed. MSNBC doesn’t have space for what he’s saying, with the top quote above something he wanted Pres. Obama to tell the American people.
It’s a good place to offer one of the emails I’ve gotten recently from a person who is finding the truth I’m writing a bit disconcerting.
Taylor, I began reading your blog during the 2008 primaries. I was and am a Obama supporter, but I wanted to read what others were saying. I admired after the primaries were over how you became somewhat supportive of Obama. Lately, your writing just depresses me. I would beg to differ with you on it doesn’t matter who wins in Nov. I remember people saying that in 2000. It turns out it did for many, many reasons. Two big reasons are Alito and Roberts as well as Iraq and a long list, too long to name here. – RebeccaZ
At least she didn’t cite poll numbers.
“RebeccaZ” represents a big segment of Democrats who need a lot more Dylan Ratigan and a lot less standard Democratic Party talking points. What is needed is energy to push for a better Congress, not more people pushing Pres. Obama’s reelection. We need more people in Congress standing up to the Executive branch like it was intended.
Economic equity matters more than any other single issue. Democrats once didn’t have to be told this fact. That labor couldn’t sell it in Wisconsin is a catastrophe.
“I think, really, government works better without them,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told “Fox News Sunday,” when asked whether public-worker unions should even exist. – Fox News
Being “depressed” is the proper response to reading the truth I’ve been writing about Obama’s worth to the progressive community. What good is a conservative Democrat in the White House to progressives?
Pres. Obama isn’t nearly as important as electing Elizabeth Warren, which will remain a brutal battle until the end.
That Obama’s moved the country so far right Democrats feel comfortable sticking up for Bain Capital against Pres. Obama reveals just how off course the President has taken the Democratic Party. It was topped by Rep. Barney Frank and Ed Rendell saying labor picked the wrong battle.
Depression is anger turned inward. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no evidence progressives will own their anger in time and turn it toward the one person deserving it, Pres. Obama, who’s made mush of the Democratic brand.
With the “grand bargain” still percolating, from Simpson-Bowles to the debt ceiling offer, it’s clear Pres. Obama thinks the next generation of blue collar workers can easily work longer and deeper into their sixties. Pres. Obama, along with other conservative Democrats, are leading this charge. Who among them has done the grind of the average working man or woman on an hourly wage, including overtime?
Dylan Ratigan knows and wasn’t afraid to say that Democrats and Republicans suck equally. Partisans and networks don’t like to hear things like this, because it confuses, even depresses, people if you lay out the obvious that something is needed beyond the status quo.