Just read a phenomenal piece over at OpEdNews by Steven Leser titled, “Coakley Loss Massive Blow and Wakeup Call for Obama, DNC.” I love his prescription for getting back on track, and agree wholeheartedly with his urgent appeal that if Team Obama doesn’t start implementing change then they will be blown away in the midterms. I especially agree with fixes “2.” and “3″:
2. Ditch the current Healthcare bill and pass Medicare for all through Reconciliation.
The problem with both iterations of the current Health Care Bill is that NO ONE, and I mean no one, LOVES it. Those of us still in favor of it (at least until recently) have defended it by making excuses for it. Yes, it’s better than allowing 20,000 people to die each year and countless others suffer with non-covered pre-existing conditions. That is the best we could say about it. That is no longer good enough.
3. Kill DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell via Executive Order
It is no longer tolerable that the administration has done little to nothing for the LGBT community. You want to shore up the base (not to mention do the right thing)? The Gay community is an important and sizeable piece of the Democratic base. Do this for them and you will see a huge amount of energy come back, I promise you.
DOMA can’t be killed with an Executive Order, but “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” can certainly be indefinitely paused, and should have been done a long time ago. The damage has been done with the deliberately nasty briefs filed by the administration on DOMA’s behalf. Stop defending it, and be that “fierce advocate” you claimed to be, Obama. Do this, and you will not be a footnote. Otherwise, leaf meet wind.