Media, Capital Hill.

I find it maddening how much the pop media is focusing on trite disputes between Tea Partier GOPs and so-called Socialist Democrats. Glenn Beck and O'Reill are obviously at fault, but also Maddow and even Jon Stewart (although he's a comedian, he's been a haven for liberal-minded audiences, so bares some responsibility) are occupying their shows with this GOP/DEM dichotomy. The absurd theater that ensues between them is a nice distraction from what is actually going on in Capitol Hill. The Democrats have turned into broad sweeping party, from conservative to moderate to slightly liberal, diluting the interests of the people with the interest of big business. They are a very successful party and their interests in dealing with these bills are with lobbyists.

Here's an article about how the Democratic Party is expanding while becoming the party of choice for big business: