The Case for Deliverism

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“The past 15 years in electoral politics have seen a series of lunges from one party to another. In 2005, George W. Bush, whose argument for re-election was keeping people safe, let 1,000 Americans drown after Hurricane Katrina, and many more die overseas in a failing war in Iraq. Democrats wiped out the GOP in 2006, then built on that after the financial crisis put the lie to conservative laissez-faire regulatory policy. The agonizingly slow climb out of the Great Recession and failure to prevent millions of foreclosures let Republicans storm back in 2010; endless gridlock (almost entirely caused by conservatives, but at odds with Barack Obama’s expressed vision of post-partisanship) and an inability to solve intractable problems led to a similar thrashing in 2014, along with Donald Trump’s 2016 triumph. The primary Republican promise (repealing Obamacare) didn’t happen, and Democrats ran and won on that in 2018.” (10/12/21)