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Hurting the Democratic Party?

One thing I have been hearing a lot these days and seeing a lot of articles, is how the prolonged race between Sentors Obama and Clinton for the party nomination is "hurting" the Democratic Party. OK, so maybe I'm the kindergarten scissors in a drawer full of power saws, but say what?

Shouldn't Democrats be fully informed about the people who want to lead the nation under their banner? Shouldn't the rules in place be followed for selecting their nominee?

But there, of course, is the rub. The Donks wanted to have their guy/girl/whatever in the spotlight early on, so they could build up their position. The favorite myth of the Left, that later means worse, is still big with these guys, proving once again that they learned pretty much zilch from 2004. If I were making the case for someone hurting the party. I'd say the people selling the theory that lessons from past elections should be ignored, that image is better than substance, that regular people should be lied to rather than listened to, those are the people who hurt whatever group they touch.

The Democrats used to be a potent force for political effectiveness and moral leadership. Not that I agreed with every decision they made, but men like John Kennedy and Harry Truman were good for the nation, and their character showed up in hard decisions and clear initiatives. Not that there are not good Democrats now, but they are much fewer than before, and they are not leading the party (is anyone?) This has happened before, of course, and in both major parties. The Democrats had Grover Cleveland at a high point, then fell back a bit through Woodrow Wilson and his era, and rallied back a bit under Truman and Kennedy, before falling into the mud for a long time after that. The problem the Democrats are starting to recognize now was a long time coming, but it was not caused by either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Those two people are merely the sad consequence of a generation of shallow, manipulative scheming by so many politicians before them. And so the problem will not be resolved by one of the two dropping out of the race, but the Democrats having a hard look in the mirror and - finally - deciding to stand for something more than grabbing power by preaching envy and hate.


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If you look at the last 10 ... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

If you look at the last 10 elections, republicans have gotten a majority of the vote 5 times vs democrats once (1976 50.08%). The other four times were pluralities (twice to the GOP, twice to the dems). To a rational mind this might call into question if the dems represent a majority of the national mindset. In 2008, they are putting forward a far left wing liberal. They wanted to put forward a far left wing liberal without people knowing that he was liberal. Because for the most part the majority of voters don't want a liberal president.

First step for the Dems is ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

First step for the Dems is to rid themselves of the lunatic fringe that exerts control right now.

The people that read this b... (Below threshold)
Jim:

The people that read this blog generally understand what you said. BUT the average dem is just going along with whatever they are told is right. Seems that they don't want to look into what their candidate believes. Much easier to go with the style thing. It's part of the 'instant' gratification society. Fix my problems now. I will worry about consequences later if at all.

"Fix my problems now. I wil... (Below threshold)
groucho:

"Fix my problems now. I will worry about consequences later if at all." - Jim

Are you referring to the gas tax waiver proposed by Hillary and McCain?

The problem, DJ, is that th... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

The problem, DJ, is that their tactics have been successful. They control the House and the Senate. They win votes with their pandering. For example, look at the passage today of the mortgage bill -- $300 billion to help those struggling to keep their homes. Mind you, I'm not heartless, I know people are hurting, but it rewards those who made bad decisions and punishes those who didn't. The press eats that shit up and does what it can to make Bush and the Republicans look bad for opposing. This is why the Dems do what they do. It's really all about power and nothing more. And as long as the number of "have-nots" grow, the more pandering the Dems do. Our country is screwed.

The Dems know that it doesn... (Below threshold)
kathie:

The Dems know that it doesn't matter who they run because MSM will support anyone no matter what, and they will crucify a Republican no matter what.

Just as they crucified Al G... (Below threshold)
asterisk:

Just as they crucified Al Gore for wearing too many earth tones and gleefully participated in the ridicule of John Kerry for being "too" thoughtful, right Kathie? Like how they've propagated the meme that retarded populist appeal is as, or more, valuable than a sharp intellect and practical foresight, right?

Try thinking before smearing excrement all over the internet, even if it means you have to stop chugging Kool-Aid for five seconds. The United States, and the rest of the world that has to live with her, deserve far better than what you contribute.

asterisk - we really do not... (Below threshold)
Michael:

asterisk - we really do not care what you think- we here deserve far better than the likes of you. Go away.

"Shouldn't Democrats be ful... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"Shouldn't Democrats be fully informed about the people who want to lead the nation under their banner?"

When has that ever been the case? The reason they (Dem party leaders) don't want Democrats to be fully informed is that if they were many would stop voting Democrat.

Kathie has it backwards. Th... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Kathie has it backwards. The MSM will roll over and not question the right's (mis) characterizations of Obama as an America-hating, closet Muslim/black separatist and socialist that will be ubiquitous once he is the nominee, and will no doubt give only passing attention to McCain's reversals on many key issues, his well known temper and his blatant lack of comprehension regarding the economy and foreign policy.

What if the Democratic nominee was a recovering born-again alcoholic who was on record claiming he felt chosen by God to lead America in a holy war? What if he was a serial ne're-do-well whose past was littered with questionable, failed business deals that required constant bailing out by his wealthy, well-connected family? What if his record as the governor of a large state left that state near the bottom of the heap educationally and socially? What if he was the scion of a wealthy and powerful Eastern family who was pretending to be a cowboy who, in reality, was all hat and no cattle? What do you think the leftwing media would do with a candidate like that? They had their chance and blew it, and look where the last eight years have landed us.

I can tell you miss W alrea... (Below threshold)

I can tell you miss W already, don't you, grouchy?

Stage 1 of the grief cycle is Denial, after all, and repeating your favorite lies from the 2000 campaign might make you feel as if he was still going to be there for you, huh?




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