While the president’s agenda and progressive causes have taken some hits of late, more depressing is the fact that the Democratic base has thrown up its collective hands in despair and anger because its every wish has not been fulfilled post haste.

It isn’t true that there are no differences between the parties as some have begun to claim – – a fact made clear by the recent Supreme Court decision defining corporations as individuals with unfettered rights to make political contributions, a notion second only to the acceptance of cash as an appropriate means of accessing free speech. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that the conservative majority on this court ruled as it did; the two newest Bush appointees were known at the outset to be pro-business. Typically enough, though, much discussion during their confirmation hearings focused on the topic of abortion a far less important consideration than their mercantile bent.

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