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A big win for The Big D?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, August 28, 2006

Al Hunt is confident. Very confident. The Democratic-leaning political analyst has declared the November elections all but wrapped up
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Barring an unexpected and big event, Democrats will win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November and conceivably the Senate, too. Whether it's a tsunami or just a powerful wave, the political dynamics are moving in that direction, or more accurately, against the Republicans and President George W. Bush.

Democratic insiders, who months ago thought their chances of winning a majority in the House were no better than even, and that the Senate was a lost cause, have become far more optimistic. Now, they say, winning the House is a lock, and the Senate is within reach.
More than two months to go until the election, and Mr. Hunt has declared a winner. Of course, in 2004, Democratic insiders thought they had the election locked up on election day. For all the good it did them.

Some Democrats say they not only deserve to win, they need to.
"We have to go back to 1974 (during Watergate) to find such a favorable environment," says James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. "If we can't win in this environment, we have to question the whole premise of the party."
Uh...yeah.

Hmmm.

Look, if you really need to have very strong political winds pushing in your direction to have a hope at winning, well, then, maybe you need to rethink the premise of your party anyway. If your main selling point is, "Man, look how bad those guys on the other side f*cked up! You should let us try. After all, we can't screw it up much worse than it already is." then that doesn't offer much hope for your party if your opponents decide to do some housecleaning.

I would think you'd be better off giving people a vision for the future. But, some guys on the Democratic side, Like Peter Beinart, disagree.
For the White House, getting these surly GOP couch potatoes to vote is the only way to prevent political Armageddon. And the best way to do that is to get them so enraged about the Democrats that they forget their frustration with their own side. That's why congressional Republicans spent the summer dredging up wedge issues like gay marriage, abortion, and flag-burning. It's why Dick Cheney said Ned Lamont's Connecticut Senate primary victory might embolden Al Qaeda. And it's why Republicans keep trying to bait Democrats into unveiling a detailed agenda—in hopes of convincing Republican voters that, no matter how disappointing Bush has proved, the other guys would be worse.

But, so far, the Democrats have not played along: They have kept their proposals vague, and the press has paid little attention. And, with any luck, it will stay that way in the coming months. As much as possible, Democrats should stick to vacuous slogans like "time for a change" and "had enough?" Their big advantage is that midterm elections are hard to frame as a "choice," because, unlike in a presidential race, there is no single Democratic figure the GOP can demonize. In all likelihood, only one national politician will be on voters' minds when they go to the polls this November, and it won't be Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Howard Dean.
I'm not sure that "Don't tell anyone what our policies are!" is a good recipe for long-term electoral dominance. After all, once you're running the government, you have to, you know, govern. Sooner or later, you have to unveil what your governing policies will be. If you don't want to mention them before the election because you think the public will reject them, then it's hard to see how the public will get amnesia in two years, when the time comes to consider if they want to keep you in charge of the show.

And what does it say about the "whole premise of the party" if you are afraid of the political consequences of exposing that premise during the election.

I mean, sure, fine, it may win you the election this year, but unless you're planning to do away with elections entirely, you have to face an informed electorate in 2008. Then what do you do?

Still, as the cliche goes, two months are an eternity in politics, and no matter how things look right this minute, they may look different in a few months. In fact, they may not look as good as you think now, if Michael Barone is right:
Earlier this summer, I thought that voters had decided that the Republicans deserved to lose but were not sure that the Democrats deserved to win, and that they were going to wait, as they did in the 1980 presidential and the 1994 congressional elections, to see if the opposition was an acceptable alternative. Events seem to have made that a harder sell for Democrats. A change in the winds.
At the very least, the next two months should be interesting.
 
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After all, once you’re running the government, you have to, you know, govern.

And have the Repbulicans proven they know how to govern?
 
Written By: Pug
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And have the Repbulicans proven they know how to govern?
Well, they certainly showed they had a plan and kept to it. Much to the dismay of many libertarian leaning folks like myself on the domestic side of things. But, all other things aside, the Bush administration has espoused a plan for combatting global terror and that at least seems to be working.
 
Written By: meagain
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"Democratic insiders, who months ago thought their chances of winning a majority in the House were no better than even, and that the Senate was a lost cause, have become far more optimistic."

Are these the same insiders that said Howard Dean was a lock for the Presidential Nomination or that the 2002 midterm was going to be a Democrat landslide? Quite possibly. Now I’m not saying that they’re wrong, but I am saying that their declaration of victory is probably a bit premature.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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Yawn. The Washington Post reported today that the United States incarcerates by far the largest proportion of its population of any country in history and currently holds 25% of all the world’s prisoners. With liberty like that, it is no wonder that our foremost accomplishment in Iraq involved sado-masochistic prison rituals, but at least the Republicans have a platform for the future: even more Americans in jail as they have recently passed into law more federal criminal bills.
 
Written By: william
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Yawn. The Washington Post reported today that the United States incarcerates by far the largest proportion of its population of any country in history and currently holds 25% of all the world’s prisoners.
Yawn.

You’re becoming a one-trick pony William and it is already tiresome.
 
Written By: McQ
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I believe this would be the same Al Hunt who said on Oct 30, 2004:
HUNT: I give John Kerry 279 electoral votes. He wins the popular vote by 2 points. And I’ll tell you how I think he does it. He holds almost all of the blue states, and he sweeps the big state industrial belt, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. And I think Florida is a replay of 2000, with almost the same outcome.
That’s a week before that election, by the way. Not two months plus.

I’ve already said this is a very weird election because both parties have managed to look unqualified to run the country. But I’m not putting much credence in Al Hunt’s predictions.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Sorry that you don’t care, McQ. That just proves the point that you, along with the majority of Americans, actually do not have any interest in restoring the small government foundations of the country. If you did, you would have trouble sleeping at night knowing that our country corruptly imprisons such an incredibly large amount of its population, but hey, don’t let me spoil your war in the Mid East and your enjoyment of current government policies. Just ignore the facts you don’t want to confront and remain in your blissful state of contentment.

Repeat 5 times per day, facing in the proper direction: There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.
 
Written By: william
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>>>That just proves the point that you, along with the majority of Americans, actually do not have any interest in restoring the small government foundations of the country.>>

William, how does a high rate of incarceration = lack of libertarianism? Maybe the crooks DESERVE to be in prison. William, how is your quality of life adversely affected by the numbers in US jails? Where in recorded history does low rates of incarceration = more freedom? If you can’t answer any of these questions, please go away.
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.
There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.
There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.
There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.
There is no government better than the United States, nor shall there ever be and George Bush is its blessed leader.

Ahhh, it doesn’t get any less true, no matter how many times you say (cut and paste) it.
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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Sorry that you don’t care, McQ.
I didn’t say a thing about not caring. I said you’re becoming a one-trick pony. We got the point, oh, about 15 comments ago.
 
Written By: McQ
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Over half of federal offenders are imprisoned for drug offenses. Over a fifth of state offenders are imprisoned for drug offenses. Then add in the falsely convicted, and others committing either non-violent offenses like Martha Stewart or who are minimally culpable but brought in under the expansive conspiracy laws and you have a system full of people who do not belong in prison. The idea that everyone in jail is a "crook" is one held by individuals with little or no knowledge of the American criminal justice system.

The idea that imprisoning large percentages of the population for victimless crimes is consistent with liberty, is one held by individuals with little or no knowledge of libertarian principles.

My life is affected adversely by this not in a finanacial sense, as I gain financially as do many people who work in the criminal justice system. My life is affected adversely because no man is an island. If libertarians have no interest in decreasing government power to imprison people for victimless crimes, where will they ever succeed in limiting government. It flabbergasts me that people who claim to be libertarians are not at all, if not bothered, at least dismayed and perplexed by this.
 
Written By: william
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McQ, if ever there were a one-trick pony it is your blog and posts.

I would love to see anything by you besides the constant cheerleading for Republicans and the war that you do. Recent posts by you include several criticisms of Iran, the U.N., the Palestinians, Joe Biden, and Christopher Shay, an "ACLU-bought" judge, an unintelligible post about Plan B, a couple of articles stating that the GOP will do better in November than people think, a few more articles about how the situation in Iraq is better than we might think, on and on ad nauseum. For the most part, all you write about is the war from a perspective that makes Bush appear moderate.

As this site mixes the much more reasoned articles by Jon with yours, many of us are now learning what to avoid. From this point on, not only will I avoid your posts, but I will not respond to any further posts of yours that do not address specific issues with facts or evidence, but rather seek to villify and demean while avoiding logical input.
 
Written By: william
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McQ, if ever there were a one-trick pony it is your blog and posts.
Well good, then don’t read them.

That’s precisely the treatment I intend to give any of your future comments.

See, it works well.

 
Written By: McQ
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"Look, if you really need to have very strong political winds pushing in your direction to have a hope at winning, well, then, maybe you need to rethink the premise of your party anyway."

Look, since the Republicans had both houses and the Executive branch for this long and couldn’t do anything but piss off America, generating that "strong wind", then maybe they need to rethink their own party. The problem is that true conservatism has been replaced by the fraudulent neoconservative movement.

Conservatives believe in small government and fiscal responsibility. Neocons are all about ballooning deficits and tax breaks for the rich in wartime. Conservatism stands for the common folk. Neocons shamelessly screw their voter base at the bidding of their true patrons: Big corporations, big pharma, big energy and lobbyists. Conservatives adhere to high moral values. Neocons lie, cheat, steal and worse. Conservatives honor service. neocons squander the service of others. Sure, they talk a big game of sacrifice even though they themselves avoided the call to duty when it was their turn.

It’s time for true conservatives to realize that they are the stewards of their party, not the reverse. A Democratic wave in November might be a good thing. It might cleanse the GOP of the neocon element that has so shamed and degraded the conservative movement.
 
Written By: Old Skool Conservative
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Amen.
 
Written By: william
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"Old Skool Conservative"

Yeah, sure you are. And I’m the Easter Bunny. Gosh, this is fun. Wonder when Napoleon will take a stroll in. Anyway....

"It’s time for true conservatives to realize that they are the stewards of their party, not the reverse. A Democratic wave in November might be a good thing."

So OSC, in your infinite wisdom, how will MORE SOCIALISM help to bring about this CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION?
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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"If libertarians have no interest in decreasing government power to imprison people for victimless crimes, where will they ever succeed in limiting government. It flabbergasts me that people who claim to be libertarians are not at all, if not bothered, at least dismayed and perplexed by this."

Yeah, but the problem is that at a local level there IS ZERO SUPPORT for more libertarianism in terms of drug use/prostitution (victimless crimes in general) because the ’face’ of these crimes is a very negative one. Most people’s experience with drug users are people/kids/bums/whoever hanging out in some place they don’t belong, smoking weed/shooting up. You get the idea— it’s not pretty. When you’re generally a straight-edge, an experience with a victimless crime (especially when it’s happening in your neighborhood) rarely fosters the "gee, I bet if we made this legal...." mindset.

I have a friend and his family who lived (now cleaned up by the police) in an area known, once the sun went down, for its preponderance of prostitutes. I can just imagine me sitting in their living room trying to convince them that LEGALIZING prostitution would somehow get the offenders from the neighborhood.
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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How is taking control of your own party socialism? If you’re calling the Dems socialists, perhaps you need to look into the mirror and see the fascist staring back.

The answer is simple. Let the Dems in to self-destruct. What can they do that they won’t be blamed for in the end? If they tried impeachment, that would only achieve two ends: to anger America by leaving us rudderless at a time of war, and it would get the neocons the hell off the stage so that true conservatives can take charge. Ronald Reagan, we need you now!

Look past 06 toward 08.

Truth is, I have been a conservative all my life but I trust my judgement enough to recognize what I see going on right now is wrong. Be honest with yourself, look deep into your gut and ask if your party is all right. It’s your duty as a republican to pay attention to what is being done in your name. The future success of the party depends on it.

Let’s wind the clock back to when we went off track: Things went wrong the day Bush decided to forsake the real battle in Afghanistan and turned his sights onto Iraq. We had unfinished business in Afghanistan, which done right, could have set the tone for a smart, sincere & successful terror war.

On the eve of our invasion of Afghanistan, the non-Taliban Afghani people were unanimous in one request: that we not forsake them as they perceived us to have done following the Soviet withdrawal. That sentiment gave us license to move a huge presence into that country and keep that force there indefinitely. They didn’t want us to abandon them.

Making Afghanistan the focus of our war would have put the bulk of our military strategically at the bridge between East and Middle East, on Russia’s doorstep and close to Europe. This is a strategist’s dream spot. We could have used the country of Afghanistan as a large mega-base for as long as we wanted. The result would have been the complete eradication of the Taliban and Al Kaida there (a process which would have battle-hardened our fighting people in a far more friendly and stable country than Iraq) as well eradicating as the opium growers-Did you know that 87% of the world’s opium for heroin still comes from Afghanistan? What do you think the proceeds from that drug business is financing? Look at what region the London terror plot came from. Feel safer?

Money would have come from the numerous military bases we could have put in Afghanistan. That money would have trickled down and been a shot in the arm to their fledgling economy. This would have eliminated Afghanistan’s reliance on opium, made them very welcoming of our presence, and newfound prosperity among Afghanis could have been a beacon to the world of our intentions, morality, success, and power. The long range result of such a plan, had we a President with the wisdom and restraint to pursue it, would be a massive, well trained and equipped army situated at the crossroads of the world. In light of this, any "Clinton Military" blameisms fall flat. Recruiting for Afghanistan in the wake of 911 was through the roof. Hell, we had heroes like Tillman walking away from his multimillion dollar contract to join the fight. We would have had the advantage of America having the respect and leverage of the global community behind our next venture and the army to carry it out right.

Had we followed that plan, we could have taken Iraq, not with B.S. storys of WMD’s, drones, BioLabs, and nuclear evidence-all of which has been cast into serious doubt or wholly debunked. We could have come honestly to the UN and given the real reasons that we all know of why Saddam needed removed from power. It would have taken at least two or more years to have properly built up the invasion force and work and diplomacy to gather world support for an invasion of Iraq, but the end result would have not been an embarrassing quagmire that will haunt and tarnish us into the foreseeable future.

The same truthful approach we could have taken toward the world community should have also been applied toward Americans like me and you. That honesty, along with a clear distinction between the terror war & the Iraq war would have resulted in the die-hard support of myself and the rest of the truth-based community. Imagine Left and Right both united without controversy behind the president. It could have been.

If we had a president with the insight to see what a strategic gift Afghanistan truly was and who would have taken the obvious step of conducting a massive buildup there in preparation for the coming Iraq invasion, we could have taken Iraq with far more than the forces we had or even the forces wise voices like Shinseki called for, but far, far more. Enough to render Iran and Syria irrelevant, muzzled and cornered. We could have went in with enough to have allowed William Wallace to double back and get the Fedayeen (a major nucleus of what would become the insurgency) when he requested to do so. We would have had troops to spare to prevent looting, force order from the get-go and crush the insurgency before it had a chance to crystallize.

We would have gone to a war we were prepared for, not with a Rumsfeldian "army you have, not the one you wish you had". That remark is ridiculous in the face of the fact that WE chose the timing of the war and even then we had the resources to provide Shinseki’s 500,000. That remark alone should be grounds for Rumsfeld’s immediate dismissal.

A young wolf once said to his father "Let’s run down there and get one of those sheep". To which the wise, patient father replied "No son, let’s walk down and get them all."

When I think about what could have been; how and why we blew our generation’s historic call to greatness, it just plain disgusts me.
 
Written By: Old Skool Conservative
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Okay, OSC, you had me going (slightly) until this: "and turned his sights onto Iraq." So how much is the DNC paying you? Or perhaps you’re a volunteer. I thought your "schtick" was going to be Bush spends too much money. But sadly no, you’ve decided to play your lefty hand using the Iraq quagmire card. Dude, you’re such a partisan hack, and not very transparent.

The decision to invade Iraq was neither conservative or liberal. It was something that BOTH PARTIES agreed on for the better part of 15 years. Do we need to go back and REVISIT the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998? Did you get that last part? 1998. Let me repeat that: 1998. Got it. 1998

"Imagine Left and Right both united without controversy behind the president. It could have been." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Classic.

"When I think about what could have been; how and why we blew our generation’s historic call to greatness, it just plain disgusts me."

And that’s why SH sits in a prison cell, the Hussein regime was dismantled in a matter of weeks, record low US casualties, a new (albeit fragile) democratically elected govt. Where’s the failure? Oh, right. Bush has an R next to his name. Now if a Dem had been in office....


 
Written By: Come on, Please
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Yawn. The Washington Post reported today that the United States incarcerates by far the largest proportion of its population of any country in history . . . but at least the Republicans have a platform for the future: even more Americans in jail as they have recently passed into law more federal criminal bills.

Written By: william


Does WaPo have solid stats for Rome and Sparta, or is that just a lie? And, assuming it is true, is it a bad thing?

As far as "federal criminal bills", I’m pretty happy the GOP allowed the AWB (’94 crime bill) to lapse. Passing a federal crime bill is secondary to the nature of the bill, and the last time the Democrats were in power they specifically attacked the rights of law abiding Americans.
 
Written By: Don
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Over half of federal offenders are imprisoned for drug offenses. Over a fifth of state offenders are imprisoned for drug offenses.
Yes, we understand that. But it isn’t a policy put in place by Bush, and it isn’t something Democrats are going to undo. Further, there is no popular support for a serious relaxing on drug laws.

Frankly, I’m more concearned with the Democrats and their attacks on private property rights (largely via enviornmental law) and their attacks on gun owners.
Then add in the falsely convicted, and others committing either non-violent offenses like Martha Stewart or who are minimally culpable but brought in under the expansive conspiracy laws and you have a system full of people who do not belong in prison.
It’s not clear to me Martha culpable at all—but the whole SEC mess is a creation of Democrats.

And "falsely convicted" is a seperate issue. You need to learn how to focus.
The idea that everyone in jail is a "crook" is one held by individuals with little or no knowledge of the American criminal justice system.
Most druggies I’ve known did more than drugs. Typically, they were not convicted of their worst acts. As a general sort of thing, societies loosers are loosers for good reason, and this applies very well to the drug offenders sitting in our prisons. Most Americans understand this, and this is part of the reason relaxing drug laws will not be easy.

No, not everyone in prison is a crook. Most have done worse (or will do worse when released) than their convictions indicate.
 
Written By: Don
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As this site mixes the much more reasoned articles by Jon with yours, many of us are now learning what to avoid. From this point on, not only will I avoid your posts, but I will not respond to any further posts of yours that do not address specific issues with facts or evidence, but rather seek to villify and demean while avoiding logical input.
You’re going about it all wrong, William.

First, this is one of my favorite blogs. Even though I find many opinions expressed by its authors objectionable, there are many opinions that are quite reasonable. But to really get the most out of your experience here at QandO, you must learn about its authors.

Dale?
Well, forget about Dale. He hates everybody.

Jon?
Well, most of his posts are quite reasonable, but as far as back and forth banter, he’s like that Hall Monitor you knew back in school. “Uh, guys. You shouldn’t be doing this. Mrs. Needlemyer wouldn’t appreciate this.” Remember that guy? Yeah, that was Jon.

McQ?
Well…. He’s golden. This is the guy you want to have fun with.

You’re right, most of McQ’s posts are centered on the current administration’s foreign policy and other related discussions. And though he seems to agree with the overall philosophy of Bush administration, any attempt to refute McQ as just being a Bushie drone will be met with evidence of a prior post arguing his disagreements with the administration.

Yada yada yada

And of course the “banter” will shut down immediately.

If you really want to get him going about other non-foreign policy related issues, you must first learn how to manipulate the conversation.
You see, despite being ex-military, despite being a wooly old roughen southern boy, McQ has quite delicate sensitivities. And after careful observation, one can learn just what buttons to push.

And when mastered, one could start out commenting about a post on Iraqi militia in the Anbar province, and end up arguing over same-sex marriage.

Stick around, man. You’ll learn.

Cheers.
;)

 
Written By: PogueMahone
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I hate it when Pogue has a lot of time on his hands.

What, bees on strike?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Heh.
No, bees never go on strike. But they are unionized in a way. :)
Nothing does socialism like honeybees.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Just so you gun people know, any federal felony, no matter what, regardless of whether the person serves jail time, will result in the loss of the right to own firearms in every state in the union. The 2nd Amendment nowhere gives either the states or the Federal government the power to do so, but they do anyway.
 
Written By: william
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Hey cum-on, I could care less whether you believe I’m a conservative or not because you don’t sound smart enough to know the difference between true conservative values and the sham neocon ideology that has you fooled.

Of course both parties agreed about invading. I never picked at that bone, rather, I believe my words were "...Saddam needed removed from power..." so you can take your "1998" ILA line and.... My point is about the "When & How". It didn’t have to be this way. The insurgency is Bush/Cheney/Rummy’s creation. Do you think Iraq isn’t a quagmire? If it "quags" like a duck... Yeah, Saddam is locked up, but look at the predicament we’re in now. We are pinned down in a mess we can’t clean up while Iran, N. Korea & Syria taunt us and stir trouble in the region and Osama is free. What is Bush’s big plan to take care of that? Maybe he can "not worry" about them like he "don’t spend time" on Osama.

Don’t believe me? Why don’t you enlist in the military to take the place of one of those Marines who already made their sacrifice but got recalled and go so you can see for yourself? Or are you just like your chickenhawk leaders -talking all big and bad, but happy to let someone else make the sacrifice?

My point, sheep, is that what we have now is piss poor leadership that has failed us and painted us into a corner. Our moment of greatness was pissed away by a bunch that no more cares about you than I do, fool. Your wonderful President (I voted for him in 2000) snatched defeat from the mouth of victory.

Yes, I can imagine left & right unified. I saw it right after 911 but the neocons squandered it by dividing this country for partisan gain.

I wouldn’t be so arrogant if I was you. Your Neocon movement is on its way out. I only pray that true Goldwater/Reagan conservatism survives the fall.
 
Written By: bone
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Yes, I can imagine left & right unified. I saw it right after 911 but the neocons squandered it by dividing this country for partisan gain.
Oh puhleeze! It was not more than two weeks before the Democrats started up the attack machine again. Look both parties are to blame, and this whole neocon bogyman is getting lame BTW. Almost every politician was in favor of some sort of action in the mideast, and most were for taking out Saddam, they just conveniently changed their minds after the fact.
 
Written By: kyle N
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I am going to go out on a limb and comment on the article. (not that I mind going off topic, I do that constantly)

The complaint that the Democrats have only offered vague generalities of what they will do when they take power in 2007 sound exactly like the complaint that Democrats were making in 1994. The Republicans had no plan, they just pointed at the Democrats and said we can’t do any worse than those guys.

Raise your hand if you were yelling "Contract with America" as you read that?

The Contract on America (I shouldn’t denigrate it, I voted for them back then) was not released until about a month before the elections in 1994. The idea being to get something specifics out there, but not with enough time for Democrats to define it as a racist, elitist, aristocratic, hateful screed pandering to morons, rednecks, and millionaires.

So let’s see what we get as the elections nears.

Cap
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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BTW When has Al Hunt ever been right about anything?
 
Written By: kyle N
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"I only pray that true Goldwater/Reagan conservatism survives the fall."

Me, too, but helping the PARTY OF MORE SOCIALISM elected in the fall or in 08 or whenever doesn’t help much, does it? I’ll take some tax cuts over none, some cap gains tax cuts over now, some estate tax reductions over none, yada yada yada.

"Yeah, Saddam is locked up, but look at the predicament we’re in now. We are pinned down in a mess we can’t clean up while Iran, N. Korea & Syria taunt us and stir trouble in the region and Osama is free. What is Bush’s big plan to take care of that? Maybe he can "not worry" about them like he "don’t spend time" on Osama."

Oh, no, we’re being taunted. Do you hear that, taunted? TAUNTED! Our worst fears have come true. The M.E. hates the West and they’ve....begun..... TAAAAUUNNNTTING! Gosh, I hope they don’t start blowing things up. Hmmm!

And pinned down: Historically speaking, 3K soldiers dead in 3 years, not exactly the Battle of the Bulge, is it?

So how’d Iran get more men and supplies to Hizbollah during the recent war? I hear there was some difficulty thanks to the US military being, you know, PINNED DOWN, in the region.

Osama: I don’t know what the deal is on that one. I know it’s not easy catching one man, but I think the "not worry" stuff is bit over the top, don’t you think? OBL is just one of many villains that need to meet some virgins, correct? But praytell, what’s your big plan, big boy?

The real culprits for all that’s wrong in the Middle East: "The insurgency is Bush/Cheney/Rummy’s creation." Duh, you forgot Karl Rove.
 
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