Politics is the art of the possible – Otto von Bismarck
Clearly, ole’ Otto was a product of his time, not ours. In this day and age, politics is the art of sticking to your guns and hoping that 50.1% of the people you can get away from their televisions long enough to vote hate you less than they hate the other side. It’s the art of screaming at the top of your lungs that you’re the representative of all that is good and holy, and that anybody who disagrees is the devil’s vanguard. It’s the art of choosing to do nothing if you can’t do exactly everything you want.
Obviously, the preceding paragraph will have most readers of P.C.H.A. thinking of the reactionary Republican House of Representatives. But, as recent events have shown, important forces within the Democratic Party are just as tone-deaf to the damage their crusades are doing to moving the country closer to where it needs to be.
It’s just a question of who will light the match that finally burns down the Obama village in order to save it, unions or gay rights advocates.