The Work Of Politics

Matt, agrees with much of Greenwald's critique of health care, but draws a different lesson:

The question is where does this analysis lead you. The smarter brand of rightwinger I know believes--or at least professes to believe--that the corrupt nature of the political process means that any effort to seriously remediate social problems through public action is doomed. Therefore, the best thing one can do politically is nothing. Or perhaps cut the minimum wage.

Another place it can lead you is the place where Kevin and I are. You complain about this stuff. And complain and complain and complain. And fight and fight and fight. And at the end of the day when what emerges from the piranhas' den is better than nothing, you say yes and live to fight another day. I think if you read Andy Stern's letter you'll see that's what he's saying too.

But the place where I think it can't lead you is the place where I think a lot of the people on the left want to go. That's a place where you're so shocked and horrified by the corruption of the system that you think that if you can persuade two or three left-wing senators to say "no" that suddenly a better legislative product emerges. If you think that's going to happen, you should spend some time reading Glenn Greenwald posts about how screwed up Washington is.