Think of this as Volume 18, Number 45 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
What’s unique about the present crisis, which began in 2008, is that it has been so slow moving. It has been slow moving because it has been, for the most part, non-violent. It has been non-violent, in large part, because Barack Obama has refused to give-in to liberal Democratic calls for him to be more confrontational.
That makes sense when you understand the Obama Thesis of Consensus, which I first wrote about under that name almost six years ago but had been describing, under other titles, for almost three years before that.
Consensus implies that people come to agreement, despite sharp disagreement. If consensus is what you’re looking for the last six years have been a complete failure. Republicans continue to play politics based on the Nixon Thesis of Conflict , and most Democrats today want to play the same game.
Which leads me to this startling conclusion. Barack Obama threw the mid-terms.