Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Will Someone Tell The Democrats That The Country Is Trending Their Way?

Democrats on the hill refusing to get behind Senator Feingold’s attempt to censure Bush is just the most recent proof that they are lost at sea, far out of sight of the American people.  While navigating the political waters, they need to put away their sextant, join the 21st century and use the technology at their disposal to check out the national conversation taking place without them on blogs, message boards and online news outlets.  The ship of state under the incompetent stewardship of our current President is heading into dangerous waters, and what we see on the horizon is decidedly not where we want to go.

Just because the Washington Post, The New York Times, Chris Matthews and CNN aren’t covering the story, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.  If you listen to only those voices coming from within the isolated D.C. bubble, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats, even though most of us out here in the real world have no interest in voting for her in the primary.  Sure, she seems like a nice lady, we like what she tried to do with healthcare way back when, but we also have watched her move steadily to the right and we know how many people despise her.  We are not stupid.  We know that the Republicans and the media establishment are ramming her down our throats because she’ll never get above 50% support.  Besides, she’s yesterday’s Democrat, and things are looking up for us on the left, no need to settle this time around.

So far this year, in special elections across the country, Democrats have been doing very well.  Hans Johnson at In These Times gives a nice rundown of this new trend in his article, “GOP Trashed In Special Elections.”  It seems that even in so-called Republican areas, Democrats are winning elections with solid numbers, even coming out on top in the DeLay drawn districts of Texas.  Democrats may still be in the minority in Congress, but the country is trending their way and they need to stop acting like marginalized losers and start taking control of the message.  We’ve seen what the Republicans can do, and we’re not impressed.  Time for the Democrats to shine and remind the country how good they are at governing, cut those corporate ties and become the Party of the people again.  We’re ready for some real representation.  Work for us and you’ve got our vote, whether we’re liberal, moderate or conservative.  Until you can get your tin ears fixed, use your eyes and look around, the tide is turning.  Take advantage, we’re begging you, and turn this ship around, we’re tired, seasick and we want to go home.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Binkyboy said...

What is a better indication that our self-hatred/loathing is no so much directed at our own persona, but more towards the party to which we vote?

Opposition party? What the hell is that? We'd rather tsk-tsk ourselves into winning elections, right?

9:51 AM  
Anonymous N. Mallory said...

I am afraid that as this year progresses, more and more Republicans will have epiphanies about how they were wrong about Iraq and how they were wrong to follow GWB and the Democrats still won't have pulled themselves together to find an actual message by November and it will still be a Republican-controlled Congress on Nov. 3rd.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Dale Hippert said...

I'm just now getting my 'land legs' back after disembarking from Mollie's Nautical Metaphor!

Do I get a little nervous over the prospects of a Hillary nomination?
Sure.

Am I a little apprehensive over the Dems inability/unwillingness to speak with a concerted voice?
Of course.

Do I apologize for channeling Rummy's self-Q&A style?
You bet!

Lets not get ahead of ourselves. If the projected matchup polls show Hillary getting a Repub 'can of ass whup' opened on her, I don't see her getting the nomination. Plenty of past 'sure things', at this point in the election cycle,
were subsequently denied the nomination due to themselves or events.

Each Sun a.m. I see more and more Repubs AND retired Generals questioning and castigating Bush.

I'm confident that by late this summer the Dems will present their equivalent to the '94 Repub's 'Contract With/ON America'.
Imagine the list of grievances the Dems will be able to chronicle along with, hopefully, a plan to Repair America.

Perhaps the Dems are simply following the old political rule that when your opponent is destroying himself by his own efforts, you should stay out of the way.

Perhaps I'm wrong.
Perhaps not!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, and believe the Dems are sitting back waiting and watching the Chimp self implode. His phony act today at the press conference was pathetic,but I did force myself to watch with glee when he sqirmed with every question from the feeble press. He knows he is failing, and I hope he loses a lot of sleep over it.I must say though, I also believe he may have been on "speed", I never saw him attempt to mutter so fast.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

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3:01 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

Dale:

I sure am glad that you apologized ex-post for the masturbatory interview. I was waiting for you to refer to yourself in the third person, but, alas, you have redeemed yourself. Go in peace, brother.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Binkyboy--It's not so much hatred and loathing as a determination not to give up. I have flirted with becoming a Green, but in the end I decided to fight from within and make the Democrats become Democrats again instead of being a fair weather Dem. If that means taking them to task, so be it. They need a swift kick in the ass.

N. Malory--I've heard rumors of a "message unveiling" coming soon, but I'm with you, it's all a bit unsettling.

Dale--Sorry about the nautical metaphor, it got away from me a bit. Getting out of the way while the Republicans implode is a fine first step, but they've got to be ready with the knock out punch.

Anonymous--Bush does appear to be a bit more, I don’t know, twitchy these days. Teeth grinding, jaw clenching, short temper, lack of sleep, perhaps an intervention is in order.

Yellow Dog--I'm going to leave this one alone, Dale can take care of himself (so to speak).

6:45 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

All in jest. I'm all about the love.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Rummy said...

You betcha he can!

Secretary
DOD

6:56 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Yellow Dog--Yes you are.

Donnie--Nice to see you again! Your NSA friends were just here looking for you.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Rummy said...

Watch yourself LGND....I know my people are!

I'm going to favor you and your lefty readers with some of my best 'riffs':

"From where you sit, the White House may look as untidy as the inside of a stomach. As is said of the legislative process, sausage-making and policy-making shouldn't be seen close-up. Don't let that panic you. Things may be going better than they look from the inside."

"I don't do quagmires."

"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."

Keep your rules limited to the number of fingers you have:

"If you develop rules, never have more than ten."

"Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost. "

"People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction. "

Kind of scared to see the Powerpoint that goes with this one (pruning people :O):

"Prune - prune businesses, products, activities, people. Do it annually."

Say this one three times fast:

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. "

Rummster

7:49 PM  
Blogger Howard Martin said...

Speaking as a former pschology professor and counselor, I can't help looking at the Dems as suffering from "victim syndrome." They have been defeated and outplayed so long they can't see how the current situation puts them in a position of greater power and opportunity. Put another way: "they been down so long, they can't can't see up."

7:45 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Howie--You conjure up a funny image for me with those words, a bunch of egomaniacs when grouped together somehow end up with low self-esteem. I think you're right though, I'm just hoping they can kick the victim crap and pull it together, but that may ultimately require new blood.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Geocrackr said...

Democrats: Putting the Point-Two in America's 1.2-Party System!

(Borrowed from another poster on a different blog...)

4:53 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Geocrackr--I love it! So apt, funny and sad all at the same time.

5:07 PM  

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