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Wither The Democrats?   

Bad Attitudes Atrios points us to another fine example of Democrats once again abetting the kleptocrats by calling for support for the bankruptcy b

Atrios points us to another fine example of Democrats once again abetting the kleptocrats by calling for support for the bankruptcy bill.

I am disgusted with the party. Between the nit-witted nonsense of the Joe Leiberman League claiming we should try to out-Republican the Republicans on social issues, and the craven, cowardly, and complicitous attitude of most of our Democrats in Congress, I fear the party is doomed. It has become nothing beyond a label at this point.

I cannot but blame the so-called party leadership for this. Time after time after time, Democrats have been handed golden opportunities on platinum serving trays. But every time they have managed to drink from the finger bowl instead.

The bankruptcy bill is a shining example. It is a screwjob for Joe and Jane Sixpack, and there’s no way to dress it up as anything else. Tauscher doesn’t want to be “the party that says no.” Well goddamnit, this bill goes directly against your proclaimed values and constituency as a Democrat. If you won’t say no to this, what the hell will you say no to? Democrats should have loudly and publicly repudiated this bill as a block, forcing the Republicans to take ownership of it. But, no: Now it’s a bipartisan measure.

The same goes for Social Security. Holy Joe Leiberman is blowing in the wind on this, and a few other Democrats have actually come out to support Bush’s bamboozle. Another issue that should be pinned squarely on Republicans and used to beat them over the head gets lost to us.

Perhaps most disturbingly, in the wake of the Schiavo tragedy we have two Bad Attitudes

Atrios points us to another fine example of Democrats once again abetting the kleptocrats by calling for support for the bankruptcy bill.

I am disgusted with the party. Between the nit-witted nonsense of the Joe Leiberman League claiming we should try to out-Republican the Republicans on social issues, and the craven, cowardly, and complicitous attitude of most of our Democrats in Congress, I fear the party is doomed. It has become nothing beyond a label at this point.

I cannot but blame the so-called party leadership for this. Time after time after time, Democrats have been handed golden opportunities on platinum serving trays. But every time they have managed to drink from the finger bowl instead.

The bankruptcy bill is a shining example. It is a screwjob for Joe and Jane Sixpack, and there’s no way to dress it up as anything else. Tauscher doesn’t want to be “the party that says no.” Well goddamnit, this bill goes directly against your proclaimed values and constituency as a Democrat. If you won’t say no to this, what the hell will you say no to? Democrats should have loudly and publicly repudiated this bill as a block, forcing the Republicans to take ownership of it. But, no: Now it’s a bipartisan measure.

The same goes for Social Security. Holy Joe Leiberman is blowing in the wind on this, and a few other Democrats have actually come out to support Bush’s bamboozle. Another issue that should be pinned squarely on Republicans and used to beat them over the head gets lost to us.

Perhaps most disturbingly, in the wake of the Schiavo tragedy we have twoDemocrats pushing a bill to allow the federal government to interfere in end-of-life issues. Apparently the fact that 90-percent of Democrats and nearly 80-percent of the general public abhor such action just isn’t enough to keep Democrats from trying to out-Republican the Republicans.

These and a dozen other issues should be getting wrapped around the necks of Republicans by Democrats.

It is nothing short of agonizing to watch the Democrats wither this way. But I fear it is both inevitable and unstoppable.

 

Whoo Hoo, Freedom!    Shot by Both Sides

Shooting reporters isn't enough. Let's arrest them too (also RSF piece on the detention. The guy is alleged by unreliable sources to be a US citizen of Iraqi origins). Meanwhile, lunatics are claiming that this indicts the press, not the truth-hating journo-hating bastards who lied and schemed to get us into this stupid war in the first place.

Fuck them.
Democrats pushing a bill to allow the federal government to interfere in end-of-life issues. Apparently the fact that 90-percent of Democrats and nearly 80-percent of the general public abhor such action just isn’t enough to keep Democrats from trying to out-Republican the Republicans.
These and a dozen other issues should be getting wrapped around the necks of Republicans by Democrats.

It is nothing short of agonizing to watch the Democrats wither this way. But I fear it is both inevitable and unstoppable.

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