On Democracy Now Michael Hudson recently said that the disastrous debt-ceiling deal struck by the Obama administration and the Republicans was the "Nixon to China" syndrome in reverse.
He meant that, just as only a Republican could have taken steps toward normalizing relations with communist China, only a Democratic president could have persuaded Democrats in Congress to vote for a debt ceiling bill that could hurt Social Security, the crown jewel of the New Deal, along with popular programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Other commentators have repeatedly remarked that only the extremely naïve could continue to believe that somehow President Barack Obama keeps "making mistakes" in his compromises with the Republicans on such issues as the public option for health insurance, the Bush-era tax cuts, Guantanamo, jobs programs, torture policy, escalating wars and his unwillingness to even make those Republican wars part of the debt debate.
Now I find myself wondering if the 2000 coup d'état, aided by the Supreme Court, wasn't much more elaborate than I had imagined.
By plan or by accident, Obama turns out to be a Trojan Horse.
Obama ran as a Democrat, but his corporate contributors knew all along that they were backing an obedient servant.
While the rest of us were blinded by the rhetoric, they saw a timid closet Republican intent on reversing the New Deal — an unattainable dream for card-carrying right-wingers.
The recent "debt crisis" has made me think that we might have been better off had Sen. John McCain been elected. And perhaps we would be better off with someone like former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2012.
That would put Democrats in the opposition and make it possible for them to effectively oppose the type of Republican legislation Congress has just approved.
Had a Democrat not been in the White House, Democratic congress members would have been free to join Tea Party Republicans to block the debt ceiling agreement, and the president would have been forced to avoid default by simply invoking the 14th Amendment (as he should have done).
I swore that if Obama and congressman Ben Chandler supported steps that could dismantle Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, I would not campaign for them as I did last time, and I would not vote for them.
Chandler is especially guilty, since as a representative of a poor state he refused to go to bat for his constituents, standing with the rich instead. I'm thinking of actually voting Republican.
If others like me did so, the present form of the DINO Party (Democrat in name only) might crumble in a landslide defeat, and real Democrats might step up to the plate.
In light of the debt ceiling debacle, some have called for a primary challenge to Obama. That's not going to happen. It would be easier and have the same effect to form a "Democrats for Romney" movement.
If Romney got elected it would be interesting to see him struggle to ignore the Tea Party base of his own party. My guess is he might do every bit as well as Obama has done in resisting his own base.
With Democratic opposition and a moderate Republican president we wouldn't be much worse off than with Obama.