Posted by | July 30, 2010 15:32 | Filed under: Contributors Opinion Politics Sandi Behrns Top Stories

by Sandi Behrns

In just one week, the Congress will adjourn for the August recess, and with that the midterm election cycle will begin in earnest; so it’s worth taking a look at the accomplishments the two parties take home as bragging rights. Despite having not attained ideal progressive legislation, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have achieved an impressive list ranging from historic health care reform to historic financial reform (and a little rescuing the nation from the brink of a Depression thrown in for good measure.) Although the political capital one would expect from such achievement has yet to materialize, Democratic accomplishments have been well documented.

What about the Republicans? I will grant that as the minority, moving planks of the party platform through Congress is next to impossible. However, that does not preclude the ability to reach across the aisle and work toward true bipartisan measures that reflect well on all. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to point to those types of achievements? Of course it would, but that would conflict with the narrative that government doesn’t work. Instead, the GOP has a record of obstruction they can take home next week. In the past few weeks alone, they have racked up an impressive list of No:

That’s quite a list to take home to their constituents. It should play very well, as long as none of their constituents are first responders, small business owners, unemployed, Latino, Native American, or senior citizens. The DNC and progressive groups would be remiss if they fail to make this year’s August recess about the above list. If trumpeting Democratic wins alone can’t motivate the base and educate independents, perhaps trumpeting GOP “accomplishments” can.

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By: Sandi Behrns

Sandi Behrns is a noted policy nerd, new media & web developer, and consultant to progressive organizations and campaigns. She is a senior contributor to Liberaland, and the Executive Editor of Progressive Congress News.