OK, so you can’t generalize too much nationally from the fucked up politics of NY state but otoh this is such a shining example of the state of the Democratic party that it’s howling for attention. Two NY Blue Dog Dems just voted with their GOP colleagues to turn the leadership of the Democrat-controlled Senate over to the Pubs. To quote Rosalind Russell, “Ain’t it perfect?”
Republicans regained control of the New York State Senate on Monday afternoon, winning support from two dissident Democrats in a surprise power-sharing deal. The sudden coup effectively ended Democratic control of Albany after five months and allowed Dean G. Skelos of Long Island to reclaim the title of majority leader, replacing Malcolm A. Smith of Queens.
The raucous leadership fight erupted on the floor of the Senate around 3 p.m., with two Democrats, Mr. Espada and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, joining the 30 Senate Republicans in a series of parliamentary maneuvers. Democrats tried to stall, storming from the chamber and even turning off the lights, but Republicans continued the session and elected new leadership.
Both Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate said they still considered themselves Democrats.
“Why?” is the question. Not “Why did they do it?” That question is easily answered, at least in the case of Mr Espada.
The shakeup also left Pedro Espada Jr., a Bronx Democrat, as president of the Senate….
Tom Golisano, the Rochester billionaire who recently announced he was moving to Florida because of New York’s high taxes, played a major role in brokering the deal.
Nothing like a little bribery to liven up your day. Or some pressure from a pissed off billionaire who thinks his taxes are too high. Never mind that he thinks the fact that he has to pay any taxes at all is a shame and a disgrace because he’s so special.
No, the question is, “Why do they still consider themselves Democrats?” I mean, both these clowns fit the GOP like a glove.
One doesn’t believe in campaign finance laws and pulled a DeLay, the other stabbed a woman with broken glass.
Mr. Espada said he was motivated by the unwillingness of fellow Democrats to reform the rules of the Senate. “We had five months of sheer chaos in these chambers,” he said. But his own record could undermine his positioning as a reformer. Mr. Espada has been fined tens of thousands of dollars over the years for flouting state law requiring disclosure of his campaign contributions.
Mr. Monserrate was indicted in March on charges that he stabbed his companion late last year with a drinking glass, leaving a gash that required 20 stitches to close.
A drinking accident, no doubt.
But these are the kinds of guys who now run the Democrat party. Yes they’re a relatively small group but they include the leadership and have the numbers to control the balance of power in the Congress. Like the hard-Right Likkud party in Israel, no sane policy can be applied by any govt because the splinter group that owns the votes isn’t sane and won’t allow it. As long as the BD’s exist, voting for the Democrats is the same as voting for the Republicans. They even lie like Republicans.
Obama, as far as I can tell, is just in it for the kabuki – pretend to give Americans a better healthcare option, but don’t actually do it. (Sort of like withdrawing from Iraq without actually doing it, closing Gitmo without actually doing it, forbidding torture without actually doing, etc.)
The conservaDems make the decisions and then power up the kabuki to pretend they’re doing things they have no intention of doing. Just like Republicans. And it doesn’t even seem to matter that they’re a minority. This is what BD’s will be doing nationally soon – if they aren’t already: threatening to turn the leadership of the Senate over to Mitch McConnell if, say, Obama insists on closing Gitmo or ending the Second Gulf War. Which has now gone on longer than the Second World War.
Please. Dump these putzes before they haul George W out of a much-required retirement and run him as a Democrat.
What? You don’t think they’d do that? Then you haven’t been paying attention, have you?