Those United Democrats

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    What Democrats Need Now
    Ken Bode, The Indianapolis Star
    November 12, 2004

    John Kerry never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. During the campaign, when President Bush baited him, asking if he had known everything he knew now about Iraq, would be still vote for the war? Kerry said yes. “That,” said Karl Rove, “was the gift that kept on giving.”

    Kerry passed up the opportunity to gather 20 other Democratic senators who also voted to authorize the war and say, “No, Mr. President, your whole case was trumped up. None of it proved out and none of us would have voted with you.”

    As the defeated presidential nominee, Kerry has the right to be considered the party’s titular head. With minority leader Tom Daschle gone, he also had a window of opportunity to claim his party’s leadership in the Senate as minority leader. Instead, he watched as Minority Whip Harry Reid, Daschle’s flunky, gathered the votes to win the job.

    It has always been difficult for Democrats to speak with one voice. Now they are assured to speak as a chorus. From the House, there will be Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a strong liberal. As head of the Democratic Leadership Council, Evan Bayh holds the mantle of moderate opposition, the get-along-by-going-along crowd. If he wins the party’s national chairmanship in January, Howard Dean will again claim to lead the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

    Democratic presidential hopefuls will soon begin competing for the spotlight. Governor Ed Rendell of battleground Pennsylvania sees his stock rising. Hispanics proved they are a vital swing constituency, so New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be heard from. Hillary Clinton will have her say. By dint of his second spot on the 2004 ticket, John Edwards will have his. Al Gore may have an opportunity for an encore on the national stage if he chooses.

    The New York Times recently editorialized: “The best chance (the Democrats) have to exercise some form of political relevance in the second Bush term is to use minority power selectively to filibuster objectionable legislation and unacceptable presidential nominees.”

    This is how minorities have come to behave in this era of extreme partisanship. Remember, when President Bill Clinton submitted his first budget resolution , which raised taxes, cut the deficit and ushered in the ensuing surpluses, he did so against unanimous GOP opposition in both the House and Senate.

    The saddest part of this situation is that Democrats in the Senate have ceded the vitally important post of minority leader to an undistinguished cipher like Harry Reid. In his three terms, Reid mainly has served the mining and gambling interest of Nevada. Most visibly, he fought the establishment of a nuclear waste depository on Yucca Mountain and helped block Indian casinos in California, possible competition to gambling in Reno and Las Vegas. As Congressional Quarterly puts it, Reid has made a record of working with Republicans, reaching across the aisle to shake hands. This is a promotion earned by doing hundreds of small favors for fellow senators.

    That is not what the Democrats need right now. They need backbone and determination to carry forward the debate begun in this campaign. Reid does not have the charisma, the gravitas, or the respect to marshal the opposition to an ambitious Bush agenda.

    Kerry might have provided that. But he is contemplating a think tank, possibly a political action committee. Contemplating, nuancing, dithering. So now, Kerry returns to the Senate as the junior senator from Massachusetts. And Reid becomes the new gift that keeps on giving.

    Bode, a former senior political analyst for CNN, is the Pulliam professor of journalism at DePauw University.
     
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    "Democratic presidential hopefuls will soon begin competing for the spotlight. Governor Ed Rendell of battleground Pennsylvania sees his stock rising. Hispanics proved they are a vital swing constituency, so New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be heard from. Hillary Clinton will have her say. By dint of his second spot on the 2004 ticket, John Edwards will have his. Al Gore may have an opportunity for an encore on the national stage if he chooses."

    This passage certainly contains some head-scratchers. John Edwards?? We are talking about the same John Edwards, trial shyster, who couldn't even deliver his own home state in the last election? THAT John Edwards? :wtf: :confused: :cuckoo:

    And Al Gore???? That bloated, pompous, stupid, screeching, thoroughly discredited demagogue? The guy who looks like a body double for Jabba the Hut? THAT Al Gore??? :rotflmao:

    Well, maybe he and Edwards would make a good pair.:kiss2: I'm just not real sure exactly what they'd be good for.
     
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    I see revisionist history hard at work here. It was the Clinton tax hike that ushered in all the budget surpluses. 1994 never happened. Bill Clinton didn't see that devastating midterm election as a referendum on his boldfaced lie to the American people - his instinctive return, once elected, to liberal tax-and-spend policy. He didn't stare into his own political grave, and drastically change course in the name of the Democrat Party's Holy Grail - political expediency. He didn't adopt the principles of the Contract with America as his own, claiming full credit for the resulting robust economy. He didn't become what none other than Michael Moore called, "The best Republican president we ever had".

    I swear, if these people ever tried to tell the truth, they'd choke on the words.
     
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    John Edwards and Al Bore.... er, I mean Gore. Hmmm, sounds like another sure win for the Republicans.

    Hitlery Clinton and ??? Sounds like ANOTHER sure win for the Republicans.

    Seriously, the dems will have to put out there a completely new face. People have proved they're tired of the same old ranting, raging, stuffed shirt moron's they've been trumping as the best they've got. Obviously that opinion isn't shared with the vast majority of Americans.
     

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