How Congress Votes
Try to read this with new eyes.
The White House has been wooing Democrats for weeks, even dangling the trappings of the presidency—Oval Office visits, rides on Air Force One, phone calls galore—in a way that’s been rare for Obama. (The D.C. pundit class has long urged him to engage in this sort of maneuvering to advance his legislative agenda; it doesn’t seem to have made much difference.) On Thursday evening, Obama made a surprise visit to the Congressional Baseball Game, where he smiled for pictures with lawmakers and reportedly button-holed Pelosi for 15 minutes on the trade bill. By Friday morning, he was back on Capitol Hill for a last-minute meeting with House Democrats just hours before the vote.
Borrowing a page from the recent playbook of conservatives, [AFL-CIO president Richard] Trumka and his allies threatened to launch primary challenges against Democrats who voted with the president.
We might not agree about the tu quoque fallacy, but can we at least agree that the merits of a policy are independent of whether you got to ride on Air Force One?
Regarding the second quote, are there any more direct examples of the influence of money on politics? The threat of spending money to unseat a politician was enough. This is a game that seemingly anyone with a sufficiently large bank account to make a credible threat can play.
Earlier, I asked that you consider the quotes with new eyes. How would you read the same article if it were about another country’s politics? Personally, I would find it borderline funny how broken their system seemed to be and marvel at how malleable the term “democracy” was that it could apply to such a place.