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Monday, March 07, 2005

Bankruptcy bill goes by default amongst liberal Dems, apparently

The online indignation meeting of millions could be going on somewhere I've not heard of.

But, from a little poking about the DEWDROP online world, I get the feeling that they're happy to give this one to the GOP. (Perhaps they don't like the idea of embarrassing 2008 presidential hopeful Joe Biden.)

When I last looked, there was nothing on the homepage of Howard Dean's DNC, or that of Democratic Underground. Atrios has a piece that mentions the bill, but only to go haring off after the hoary old is Academe liberal? question.

There is plenty of rabbit about social security - where there isn't even a firm administration proposal yet - but very little on a bill that is likely to pass the Senate this week if action isn't taken.

Colour me amazed. I think back to the bad old days of the Depression, when Franklin Roosevelt saved loads of family farms from foreclosure, and thereby averted an incipient rebellion in the Midwest and elsewhere [1].

Painting the bank, credit card companies and the like as the Black Hats in this little Western is surely not beyond even the machine that gave us the John Kerry presidential campaign. There must a thousand genuine heartbreaking stories to put before the public to illustrate the iniquities of the bill. The story arcs write themselves.

It's a glorious opportunity for the Dems to be as populist as they like, and still be on the side of Truth, Justice and the American Way!

Can it be that hard to organise a filibuster? Assuming all 44 Dems plus Jeffords are fighting fit, genial Harry Reid has four of his men he can afford to lose: Delaware's Biden and Carper could be given a pass stay in good with their money men, and still the bill could be held up.

I don't sense any will on the part of Dems at any level to invest in this fight, though. But, then, I thought the Swifties were a nine day wonder...

  1. The Emergency Farm Mortgage Act, signed on May 12 1933 (mentioned here) was followed by the Frazier-Lemke Act of 1934 - unanimously found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Louisville Land Bank v Radford 295 US 555 - the impeccably liberal (for his time) Brandeis giving the opinion of the court.

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