Sort of Not Blaming the System

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Matt Yglesias takes an ever so slight respite from blaming all our problems on the system instead of on the people in it:

Something a lot of progressive legislative leaders seem to have forgotten until this Congress actually got under way is that historically congressional procedure is a challenge to be surmounted when you want big change to happen. It’s not actually a fixed feature of the landscape that people “have to” accommodate themselves to. For years you couldn’t get a decent Civil Rights bill because segregationists controlled the Judiciary Committee that had jurisdiction. This problem was “solved” by just deciding to bypass the Judiciary Committee. When you decide you want to get things done, you find a way to get them done.

Exactly.  When you want to get things done, you find a way to get them done.

That’s what we need from the Democratic leadership, but aren’t getting.  They don’t want to find a way to get things done.  They want people to just agree with them.

Yglesias’s notion of finding a way to get things done is still all about changing the rules, but at least he’s now throwing some responsibility on the people in charge.

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