Friday, June 24, 2005
Oh the aching irony. This is exactly why we need a credible moderate third party ASAP. If the public feels the need to punish or turn away from the republicans, who exactly is there left to vote for?
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said a litany of comments by Democratic elected officials and their liberal allies underscored Rove's point. "It is outrageous," he said, "that the same Democratic leaders who refused to repudiate or criticize Dick Durbin's slandering of our military are now attacking Karl Rove for stating the facts. . . . Karl didn't say the Democratic Party. He said liberals." The problem is that the looney liberals and the slow-to-catch-on are the only ones left in the democratic party after years of this kind of blatant partisanship during wartime. (Very worthwhile reading.)
We're in a period in this country where words, which have always had a general meaning, regardless of which party or ideology you associate with, do not have a common definition anymore. You saw that yesterday, in the segment with Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman, when they could not come to an agreement on what the word torture actually describes."I think it is a little hypocritical of Senator Clinton to call on me to repudiate a political figure's comments when she never asked Senator Durbin to repudiate his comments. Senator Clinton might think about her propensity to allow outrageous statements from the other side that are far beyond political dialogue --insulting every Republican, comparing our soldiers to Nazis or Soviet gulag guards-- and never protesting when she serves with them." -Gov. George Pataki Remember her sense of priorities and proportional ourtrage when she's running for president.
Today, thanks to Kennedy, the word is quagmire. In Kennedy's dark, self-loathing, embittered worldview, he sees every foreign policy decision by a Republican president as not only wrong, but with evil motivation, and sometimes with conspiratorial overtones. He is so convinced, for example, that Iraq cannot possibly be working because Bush and his minions are responsible, he has absolutely no reservations whatsoever about the language he uses, the picture he paints, the effect his words have on our troops, or the effect his words have on the morale of our enemy.
In the Armed Services Committee this morning, and again on the Senate floor after Rummy finished dressing him down, Kennedy gave as negative of a report on the work our service people have done in Iraq as I think I've heard. At the same time, Kennedy gave the equivalent of a State of the Insurgency speech, which will no doubtedly be played on Al Jazeera.
What Ted Kennedy, and Chuck Schumer, and Pat Leahy, and Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean are all engaged in over the last couple of months is an attempt at a denial of legacy for George W. Bush. Whether it's the Supreme Court, the War on Terror, social security, or tax cuts, what scares the Democrats more than anything is the legacy of George W. Bush.
They saw what happened when Ronald Reagan left office. His legacy of ending the Cold War, of cutting taxes, and a whole host of other issues, caused a literal rebirth of conservatism in this country. And the Democrats have been getting beat by Reagan-esque conservatives for the last two decades. Bill Clinton was the only saving grace since Reagan, and whatever legacy he had built up got dropped along with his trousers in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky.
Now George W. Bush comes to town, wants to make tax cuts permanent, wants to revise social security, and is literally changing the world landscape, and willing people to go along with him. Unless the Democrats spend every ounce of energy to undermine him on every point, the next several decades of after-Bush could very well destroy the Democratic Party as we know it.
But when you go back and read what lengths the Democrats will go through to thwart the president, it's staggering the level of self-destruction they are willing to go to. It's unbelievable how much they're willing to slander the military and give aide and comfort to those that would kill them, and, given the opportunity, us.
"I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."
-Sen. Hillary Clinton
"The idea that you have to wait on line eight hours to cast your ballot in Florida, there's something the matter with that. Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that, 'cause there's a lot of them that have never made an honest living in their lives."
-Howard Dean, DNC Chair
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Titanic, meet iceberg, and meet shortsightedness and meet icy cold water.
If you don't have room in your budget to double your credit card payments, or to pay your bills for 6 months, get it straightened out by September or you may regret it for the rest of your life.
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