Pathetic and puny victories are defeats, not victories. And they are certainly not the sort of resolve that will convince anyone that "change" has come to Washington. Not even those who thought they were already convinced.
With our nation facing critical problems -- an economy still in distress, an uncertain energy future, and an unregulated Wall Street -- we should not wait one minute longer to end the debilitating campaign money chase.
An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.
After years of fighting off oil industry regulations that might have prevented the disaster in the gulf coast, now BP is fighting off financial industry regulations that might have prevented the economic collapse we're all still suffering through.