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Thursday, June 07, 2007

"Weak and unwilling Democrats" - more insider crap

from a "purely political point of view"... one more example of how the elite insiders simply don't live in the same world we do... read this... read it carefully... then do a quick check on your emotions...
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill played the issue like a Stradivarius. They forced a vote on a deadline for withdrawal from Iraq, putting Republicans on record supporting the status quo and President Bush, but allowed a subsequent vote to "fund the troops." That gave their own Members from swing districts the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the military.

From a purely political point of view, Democrats had their cake and ate it too. Yes, the war is unpopular, and opposing it is a no-brainer. But the one thing Democrats need to avoid is looking like themselves during the 1970s and 1980s -- weak and unwilling to support America's men and women in uniform.


So, in ignoring the demands of the party's left, Congressional leaders have kept their party right where they want it -- against the war but also against terrorists and for the troops.


Why take a chance alienating swing voters when the party already made its point by sending the president a deadline bill that he vetoed?

Anti-war critics of the Democratic Congressional leadership have nowhere else to go, both now and in November 2008.

Liberal bloggers apparently are angry with Democratic Rep. Mark Udall's vote for the supplemental, but they'll support him in next year's open-seat Senate race in Colorado. Similarly, the 2008 Democratic nominee for president will be more appealing to anti-war liberals than the Republican nominee will be, so the Democratic Party risks very little, at least at this point, in disappointing its most ideological, confrontational element.

so, how DOES it feel to be "ignored...?" how DOES it feel to be manipulated...? how DOES it feel to have those you went to the polls for last november take an illegal war and turn it into a "purely political" football...?

the democrats blew it... i won't go into big tent democrat's long and detailed explanations, and, besides, i doubt if i could do them justice anyway... but this i do know... "supporting the troops" means getting them the hell out of there and the democrats could - and should - have made that case and didn't... what they DID do is lose big-time, not just once, but twice... they not only bought themselves a war, lock, stock, and barrel, they also gave the head of our increasingly dictatorial state precisely the victory he wanted, along with more ammunition - pardon the very bad pun - to bolster his unitary executive bullshit...

let me be perfectly clear... our democratic leadership has a great deal more in common with bob novak (see previous post) than they do with me...

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