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What are they thinking?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, January 31, 2005

The editors of the Christian Science Monitor are a bit worried about what's going on with the Democratic Party's leadership.
Senate Democrats, for instance, elected a new minority leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who's anti-abortion but who also vows to be as persistently tough in opposing Republican bills as his predecessor, Tom Daschle, who lost his seat in November. And last week, 12 Senate Democrats voted against the appointment of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of State following the party's decision to stage a two-day floor debate over her role in the Iraq war. Not since 1825 have so many senators voted against a president's nominee for that position.

Both moves reflect a worrisome belief among Democrats that attacking the Republicans is the best way to victory. Some senators who are up for election in 2006 ask, however, if blatant obstructionism rather than bipartisanship and creating new policy stances might hurt their own reelection chances.
The view of the Democratic Party's Left-wing power-brokers seems to be that the way to win next time is to becomer even more obstinate and obstructionist. Maybe so, but someobody ought to dig up Tom Daschle's phone number and ask him how that worked out for him.

You can't build a successful party by simply opposing what the other party does. You have to be for something. You have to provide attractive alternatives. You have to convince the electorate that you have a plan of action. If you don't then you are, in effect, relegating yourself to minority party status.

Unfortunately, it looks like that's the direction the Democrats are heading, however, as the process of choosing a DNC chariman indicates.
Dean's election as DNC chief will probably mean the party would stay to the left and in attack mode, while seeking smarter campaign tactics in the next election. Unless centrist Clinton Democrats rise up soon, the party could be making a big mistake.
Hey, it's not me saying it. It's the Democrats' buddies at the CSM.
 
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Some fear Howard Dean for the same reason others stand strongly behind him. He is willing to stand up for what is right, and if doing the right thing is obstructing the maniacs that are running this country into the ground, than he is willing to do it. Those in our party who fear him are simply those who question their own beliefs These are not the people I want running my party.
 
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Some fear Howard Dean for the same reason others stand strongly behind him. He is willing to stand up for what is right, and if doing the right thing is obstructing the maniacs that are running this country into the ground, than he is willing to do it. Those in our party who fear him are simply those who question their own beliefs These are not the people I want running my party.
 
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