Kevin Drum, the Political Animal: "Democrats have gone from 30% of all health industry donations in 2000 to 44% in 2004 to 57% this year. This is, obviously, good news and bad news. The good news is that lobbyist money follows winners, and the healthcare lobby seems pretty confident that a Democrat will become president next year. The bad news is that they might just get what they paid for."
I increasingly fear that this may be the case. What ought to be an election year of revolutionary change appears to be heading toward a coronation for Hillary Clinton, and no change at all -- just a confirmation that all the horrendous changes, wrought by Bush and the Republican Thugs for Plutocracy, have become the new foundation stones of American Life.
The underlying dynamic, which is driving the greatest political storm in half a century into blowing itself out in irrelevance, is clear enough. Politicians recognize that Media blessing is more important to achieving office than the welfare of ordinary People, who remain sheepishly willing to respond predictably to the Media message machine.