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Blogging Bayh baits Bush’s Buddy
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 10, 2006

OK, I just couldn't resist the title alliteration offered by a piece on The Huffington Post by Senator Evan Bayh. Bayh, a possible presidential contender for the Democrats, took the opportunity of appearing on HufPo to fire at the left's bete noir, Karl Rove:
Two weeks ago, Karl Rove - the President's deputy chief of staff and the architect of recent Republican election victories - told the Republican National Committee that the 2006 elections should be a referendum on who can best secure the country in the post 9-11 world.

Some in my party are afraid of this fight.

They urge that we change the subject to domestic issues that work better for Democrats. Others argue that it is wrong to inject "politics" into something as important as National Security.

I strongly disagree.

Educating our children, providing quality health care and securing retirement are all critical challenges - but the American people will not trust us on any of those issues if they don't first trust us with their lives.

So today, I say to Mr. Rove and his fellow partisan strategists: You have thrown down the gauntlet, and we will pick it up.
Well good. I mean that sincerely. It's about time. Let's do it! Pick up that gauntlet and let's get it on.
We need a foreign policy that is both tough... and smart. The good news? That is the historic legacy of the Democratic Party.
It is? Since when, Jimmy Carter?
As Democrats, we have a patriotic duty and political imperative to lay out our ideas for protecting America. Frankly, our fellow citizens have doubts about us. We have work to do.
You bet. So let's do it! Let's see your plan! Come on now, lay it out.
To my party, I urge that we do not change the subject or attempt to avoid this fight. It is our chance, and responsibility, to show the American people that we are tough enough and smart enough to protect this great country in perilous and uncertain times.
OK, yeah, "perilous and uncertain times". Great. So what's the plan for heaven sake?
And to Mr. Rove, I say we are ready. Ready to have this debate any time, any place, you'd like to have it. Ready to expose the severe failings of this Administration's stewardship of America's security. Ready to show the nation that there is a better way, that we can be tough AND smart.
Uh, OK ... no time like the present, Sen. Bayh. How about it? This seems like a perfect opportunity. Lay it out. Inform the country. The Democratic plan is .... ?
That is why I pledge that in the coming year, I will take this debate across the country, starting in the coming months.
Hello? Sen. Bayh? What debate?

This little rant was long on promises but severely short on plans. I'd guess that Rove is just quaking in his boots after reading this broadside.

Again we have a purported major contender for president who is all hat and no cattle when it comes to being able to articulate a plan. But he, like all the rest, promise he'll have one ... soon.
 
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Mighty good cheerleading Bayh is providing. Not participating in the game though is he?

I also find it interesting that so much of his argument is that the Democrats are smarter than the Republicans. If they’re so smart why have the Republicans beaten them in the past few elections? And if so very smart, why has there been so few actual proposals for solutions been offered for the topics to date?

I agree, PLEASE, please offer up something. A debate needs two sides, and the democrats have not been participating. We need the proposals and the stimulated debate. This country truly needs all parties to be active.

It also makes you wonder if the democrats aren’t further hurting their reputations by not being active in providing solutions. The past elections have shown a lot of citizens don’t like obstructionists.

 
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KAINE: My fellow Americans, good evening.
I’m Tim Kaine, the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia. And it’s an honor tonight to give the Democratic response to President Bush on behalf of my commonwealth, my fellow Democratic governors and the Democratic Party.
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There’s a better way.

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There’s a better way.

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There’s a better way.

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There’s a better way.
And if you know that better way, please send it to the Democratic Headquarters at…
Democratic National Committee
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Written By: PogueMahone
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This little rant was long on promises but severely short on plans. I’d guess that Rove is just quaking in his boots after reading this broadside.
Let’s see - promises without a plan - where I have heard that before? Hey - if it worked for Bush, maybe Bayh is on to something.
Again we have a purported major contender for president who is all hat and no cattle when it comes to being able to articulate a plan
You’re right - therefore, he should run as a Republican.
 
Written By: mkultra
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He can’t propose strong national security plans because he would lose his target audience. If he could’ve, he would’ve.
 
Written By: Monica
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I also find it interesting that so much of his argument is that the Democrats are smarter than the Republicans. If they’re so smart why have the Republicans beaten them in the past few elections? And if so very smart, why has there been so few actual proposals for solutions been offered for the topics to date?
I ask this of mk about once a week and generally get a vapid stare as a response.
 
Written By: meagain
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And if you know that better way, please send it to the Democratic Headquarters at…
Thanks PogueMahone! That one got a chuckle.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Thanks PogueMahone! That one got a chuckle.

As much as I would like to take credit for that; alas, I cannot. I pulled that from the greatest satirists in modern political humor… The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

I would think that the author would appreciate the recount none-the-less.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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He’s got a plan, McQ. You just missed it. It’s right here:
Ready to have this debate any time, any place, you’d like to have it. Ready to expose the severe failings of this Administration’s stewardship of America’s security.
In other words, business as usual. Carp about what the other guy is doing, with no need to actually propose alternatives.

Granted, that’s a tactical plan for the campaign, not a plan of action for the increasingly hypothetical time the Democrats actually win the presidency. But it’s apparently the only kind of plan the Democrats currently know how to come up with. I have not seen a real, tangible plan of governance during a campaign from the Democrats since Walter Mondale said outright that he would raise taxes - and lost 49 states.
 
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I’ve followed Bayh for a while, and I believe he actually does have a firm grasp on foreign policy, and does have some good ideas. Unfortunately many of those ideas will not please the "get out of Iraq now" crowd of the far left. But it’s incorrect to say he doesn’t have ideas. He does, many of which you’d probably find appealing.
 
Written By: Jeff
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What the Democratic leadership doesn’t seem to understand - not since Clinton anyway - is that only about 20% of the population is hard core left and only about 20% is hard core right, so there are about 60% of us who might be swayed by a reasonable, thoughtful, practical, and humble Democratic candidate for President. It sure would be a breath of fresh air and the Republican’s desperately need a strong opposition. So Dem leadership, stop listening to the moonbats and get your heads out of your a**es. Why does the Kos-fringe have so much clout?
 
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Are we just stuck with poor Dem candidates until the boomers are gone or too incoherent to vote?
 
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But it’s incorrect to say he doesn’t have ideas. He does, many of which you’d probably find appealing.
It’s not "incorrect" if he won’t lay them out ....

What are they Jeff?

Look, I’m ready for a good and substantial debate on foreign policy, but Bayh, like the rest of the Democrats, has only offered promises of a plan to this point.

Oh, and another thing ... Democrats need to realize that Bush (and Rove) aren’t running next time and to begin to focus on a plan which articulates what they will do and not that which the administration has failed to do or done badly.
 
Written By: McQ
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He can’t tell us, because it would warn our enemies. Hey, having a secret plan worked for N*xon, didn’t it?
 
Written By: timactual
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Evan Bayh was a horrible governor who accomplished nothing, and he wears a wig.
 
Written By: wm thompson
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But he, like all the rest, promise he’ll have one ... soon.


Well, technically he said "in the coming year", which, since he said it in 2006, means 2007.

:-p
 
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