As for the “you-have-to-wait” justification, here’s the time-line of the Democratic Party mentality on all such matters:
- 2004-2006: “You have to wait until we win a Congressional majority in the 2006 midterms.”
- 2006-2008: “You have to wait until we win the White House in 2008.”
- January-May, 2009: “You have to wait until we have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.”
- Currently: “You have to wait until after the 2010 midterms so we preserve our majority” or “you have to wait until Obama is safely re-elected in 2012.”
Once Obama is safely re-elected, it will be: “you have to wait so you don’t jeopardize the 2014 midterms.” That’s the mentality that produces majority power which exists for no real purpose but to perpetuate itself.
Glen Greenwald on why nothing ever happens: