The goals of Wilson and Truman weren’t particularly noble, but that’s not the point. This is: the process of attaining difficult political goals sometimes involves a bitter and futile-seeming first act. It’s not that political martyrdom somehow earns the public’s trust. It’s that the sooner we start talking honestly, the better. This was part of Obama’s basic promise as a candidate. Now’s the time to live up to it.
So when Obama said, last night, that he’s open to all ideas and looks forward to working with both parties, he’s not only lying — the GOP has nothing of substance to offer here — he’s not even achieving a valuable strategic gain by appearing bipartisan and lofty. If progressives are going to win on climate change, then what the public needs to hear is this: we know roughly what kind of action is required to prevent climate disaster. We can choose to do it or not. But in the likely event that we choose not to, we’ll be having this argument again pretty soon, after things have gotten worse.
in only marginally related news, it strikes me that writing is a skill, and if i want to be good at it, i’m going to have to actually work at it. damn.