The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of 2010

By Amy Dean

Amy B. Dean

There’s no sugarcoating it: 2010 was a rough year for progressives. Looking back, there were plenty of bad and some downright ugly moments for us, culminating in the Republican victories in the November midterms. But pointing fingers and looking for places to lay blame doesn’t get us very far.

There are lessons to be learned from our failures and hopes to be drawn from our successes that can point to how we can have better political results in 2011 and 2012. Just look at the actions taken in the Senate this weekend. The failure of the DREAM Act and the successful repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) are indicative of the roller coaster ride we have been on with Congress this year.  They are also examples of how persistence and a strong grassroots program can pay off in the long run.  The fight to repeal DADT failed before it succeeded and I have hope that the DREAM Act has only hit a stumbling block on the path to passage.
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