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Whistling Past the Graveyard

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the Democrats in Congress plan to get tough with President Bush in his second term. We hear words like “stonewall” and “fight.” Terry McAuliffe, the outgoing – we hope – chairman of the DNC has even been heard to say that 56 million people voted for Kerry and they will be heard. Accepting loss is not among his gifts.

Whither this strategy? I confess to being baffled by the hatred the Left – and much of the Democratic party – have for President Bush. It’s been compared to Clinton hatred on the Right, but I don’t see it that way. I certainly didn’t spend eight years or even one hating President Clinton. I had and have little respect for the man, believe he tarnished the office, and voted against him twice. Still, I never hated him. But they hate Bush. So much so that the official policy of the Democrats now appears to be obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

There are a few problems with this strategy:

1) Daschle tried it for much of Bush’s first term – he’s now in private life.

2) It achieves nothing. Far from fighting for the Kerry constituency, it stonewalls.

3) The voters don’t like it. The Democrats have lost seats in Congress for the last three elections, and the presidency twice.

4) They don’t have the numbers. The Republicans control both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Do they plan to filibuster everything? Maybe they’re just playing to the base, although one has to wonder why they feel the need to do that. Are the so-called “Deaniacs” so restless right now they’re going to bolt the party? To go where? The Libertarians? The Greens? Lyndon LaRouche? Or is it all a cynical ploy to keep the money flowing from the die-hards?

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Written by martinipundit

January 12, 2005 at 9:57 am

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