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Another bitter loser with an entitlement mentality
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Thursday, August 09, 2007

I'm referring to Tom Daschle. You'll recall that he got knocked out in 2004 despite being the Democrats' leader in the Senate at the time.

His co-senator, elected in 2002, was Tim Johnson, who suffered a serious stroke a while back. Johnson's seat is up for grabs in 2008.

Now, look, I don't have anything against Johnson, even though there were some shennanigans in his very close election. (I don't think he was the one who ordered the shennanigans.) It's a terrible thing that he has to contend with a stroke, and I wish him a full and speedy recovery.

But he's not currently able to fulfull his office, and likely won't be for months. Maybe never. So I don't even think he needs to be hanging onto his Senate seat as it is, though with the Democrats needing every last seat to maintain control, I guess I understand why that's happening.

Now Daschle comes along and starts complaining about how mean and nasty the Republicans are because they intend to win that seat in 2008:
Calling national Republicans “sad” and “desperate,” former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) decried their pledge to begin pursuing an aggressive campaign against his ill former South Dakota Senate colleague, Sen. Tim Johnson (D).


“Tim’s focus should be on his recovery to serve the people of South Dakota, not fending off classless political attacks from national Republicans,” Daschle wrote.
As I said, Johnson's problems are most unfortunate. But they don't give him invulnerability against political efforts to unseat him. Daschle seems to be saying that a sick man should automatically be able to retain his seat, even if he can't campaign, or even carry out the duties of the office. And that he should be able to raise money (Johnson's organization has raised $1.2 millions so far, according to the article) while the opposing just sits there doing nothing.

I'll agree with the "Tim's focus should be on his recovery" part of the quote, but the rest springs from that sense of entitlement that seems endemic among liberal politicians.

Sorry, Tom, but you don't get to decide what happens to that Senate seat. The voters of South Dakota have that privilege. If the Republicans go over the line on what they say about Johnson, those voters can punish them for it. Or if the voters decide that Tim Johnson needs to "focus on his recovery" and let someone who's healthy represent their interests, that's their privilege too.

(Found via Say Anything)
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This is a replay of the Saxby Chambliss race all over again...Mr. I’m In a Wheel Chair is ENTITLED to a seat in the Senate ’cuz he’s crippled and a Democrat. Dare I mention her, but as Ann Coulter says, Democrats love victims, those whose sufferengs make them "untouchable." Bet Senator Johnson just joined the untouchable. Q.V. the Wellstone Memorial....
Written By: Joe
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I am afraid the tendency to hold on to office is not solely a liberal or democratic urge. Strom Thurman comes to mind.

I think most politicians use every trick in the book to hang on.
Written By: vnjagvet
Maybe the to mayor parties should align with a group of handicap/disability associations to recruit untouchable candidates…
Written By: Jon Herstad
I am afraid the tendency to hold on to office is not solely a liberal or democratic urge. Strom Thurman comes to mind.
Oh, I agree. Strom stayed at perhaps two terms longer he should have, given his aged condition. But I don’t recall any Republicans criticizing Democrats for running against him.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Indeed, Billy, wherein lies the point. Clearly, what we have here, is someone who recognizes that the Democrats are not going to be able to win that contest. And so, he throws any weapon he has had the problem.

It raises the logical question, however, would he have considered himself even more untouchable and then he obviously did in his race with Thune, had he become disabled in some fashion? Or, perhaps even more to the point, is the question would he be reacting this way, if a republican had become disabled during their term of office? Somehow, I tend to doubt that his generosity and fairness of mind extends quite so far.
Written By: Bithead
Somehow, I tend to doubt that his generosity and fairness of mind extends quite so far.
COnsidering that they have demonstrated that they will say that republican deserves it, and that they hope he DIES, I would doubt that as well...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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When Daschle was the Democratic leader in the Senate, I thought "now, that is the most serious case of weasel I’ve ever seen."

Then came Harry Reid, and Daschle seems almost a regular guy by comparison.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
The Machiavellian in me sees this as Daschel setting things up for a return.
Written By: frossca
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The Machiavellian in me sees this as Daschel setting things up for a return.
Well that’s not a preposterous notion. He probably feels like a victim of bad timing. Had his election been in 2006 instead of 2004, he probably thinks he would have won, given the Democrats’ gains that year, and he would be Majority Leader now.

So it’s possible that he might harbor hopes that if he can fend off the Republicans from going after the seat, and if Johnson dies or is otherwise unable to run, that he would be the natural replacement candidate and step into a race against a hamstrung Republican.

If he really thinks that, it looks like wishful thinking to me.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Sorry, but this is kinda silly.

Daschle apparantly wrote this to supporters in order to gin up their interest in working for, contributing to Johnsons campaign. The big bad opposition is out to get us - that is pretty standard fare for campaign support appeals to the base.
Lets parse through all the Republcian appeals to their base, shall we? Think we might find some over-the-top rhetoric?
Written By: Abe
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The "they did it too" defense.
How Clintonian of you.

Written By: Bithead
Think we might find some over-the-top rhetoric?
Possibly. Go to it, and see what you find.

If it’s as over-the-top as what Daschle has to say, I’ll make fun of it too.
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