The Democrats need to be quicker, or they'll be dead, writes Harold Meyerson. "A president with an activist agenda met a Senate all but incapable of action," and the results, Meyerson says, have been deadly. Almost a year spent haggling over health care is killing them at the polls—and certainly didn't help the "Democratic meltdown in Massachusetts," either.
To come back, the Dems must play to populism—and do it fast. Meyerson wants to see them become "radically more focused," passing the Senate version of health care and moving quickly on to legislation that "genuinely curtails the big banks' ability to wreck the economy," he writes in the Washington Post. The Dems also ought to reinstate the Glass-Steagall firewall between depositor and investment banks. Establishing a clear line between themselves and the GOP on issues like regulation and job creation is the only way to keep the party alive.
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