The Night the Old Politics Died

Editor’s Note:
Often it’s hard to assess genuine turning points. Sometimes what looks
important one day fades into irrelevance a week later; other times,
history-changing events occur and are missed in the rush of daily
events.

In this guest essay, former
congressional staffer Brent Budowsky – a backer of Barack Obama –
argues that the May 6 results marked a crushing defeat for a
long-running era of political negativity and manipulation:

The voters said no to the most phony and
fraudulent proposal in memory for a gas tax cut that would never
happen, that would profit the oil companies that Senator Clinton
falsely said she was fighting with it, that would do nothing for the
people she falsely claimed she was helping with it.

The most reprehensible and shameful aspect of this gas tax fraud was
that it was the cheap exploitation of people who are hurting, and
fearful. There is nothing lower in politics than exploiting people who
are hurting, trying to deceive them. The voters said no.

The voters said no to the politics embodied by the shameful ABC debate of Gibson and
Stephanopoulos that was nothing more than an oppo research festival.

Voters said no to the Tim Russert “Meet
the Press” that insulted them last Sunday, that wasted time with more
than a dozen questions about Jeremiah Wright rather than a serious
discussion of national issues. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “US Media Trivializes Campaign 2008.”]

The voters said no to the insider pundits
who pontificated about what a brilliant and clever tactic the gas tax
fraud was, about how Hillary is on a huge roll and Barack looked broken
and on his heels only hours before he won a crushing and devastating
victory.

Soon, as I predicted some time ago, Hillary will
withdraw and the superdelegates surge will reach a juggernaut pace that
has already begun.

Soon, there will be new talk about 2 million Obama donors that will
rise to 3 million. There will be talk of a historic voter registration
program that has already been approved and will exponentially
strengthen democracy and build even more voter turnout, voter
excitement and voter enthusiasm.

Soon, there will be talk about a Democratic landslide throughout the
Congress as Democrats come together and coordination begins between the
presidential and the congressional Democrats.

Soon, there will be talk about the outpouring of enthusiasm around the
world from good people everywhere ready to begin a new day of American
world leadership based on the great role we have played in the past.

It was the night they drove old Dixie down, the night the old politics
ended, the night a great new era in American politics truly began.

The battle now begins in earnest. On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 the Rubicon was crossed.

Brent Budowsky was an aide to
former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and to Bill Alexander, then the chief deputy
whip of the House. A contributing editor to Fighting Dems News Service,
he can be read on The Hill Pundits Blog and reached at<!– var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’; var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’; var addy96332 = ‘brentbbi’ + ‘@’; addy96332 = addy96332 + ‘webtv’ + ‘.’ + ‘net’; var addy_text96332 = ‘brentbbi’ + ‘@’ + ‘webtv’ + ‘.’ + ‘net’; document.write( ‘‘ ); document.write( addy_text96332 ); document.write( ” ); //–>
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