Bush is at the nadir of his career and the entire Republican Party is a sinking ship. Why aren’t we getting more than weak slogans from the Washington Dems?
Could it be because the Dems have little if anything they actually stand for? Since Clinton, they’ve enthusiastically abandoned their traditional base of the working class, unions, minorities, and the poor, instead "moving to the center" in a brain-dead (and failed) ploy to grab votes from the Republicans. So now, they have no real base left, and thus, no message to deliver.
And really, considering most members of Congress are multi-millionaires, do you think any of them want meaningful change? Goodness no, that might cause their stock portfolios to lose value. Besides, too much controversy, and they could get dropped from those country club memberships. Dianne Feinstein’s husband is a billionaire. John Kerry is worth over 600 million. Do you think senators like that have the slightest interest in doing anything that might seriously upset the status quo? Of course not. Instead, they will defend their class interest and wealth. And that means no agitating. Besides, except for a few issues like abortion, they have few if any ideological differences with the Republicans.
It’s time for the Democrats to seize the political advantage, right? Every single political branch in D.C. is on fire. The world is also on fire, or drowning: the American public has clear, massive majority positions on Iraq, Katrina, our $8 trillion national debt, world poverty, $3 gallon gas and rapid climate change. Yet what we’ve gotten so far from the Democratic leadership is meaningless sloganeering.
House Minority Leader Harry Reid and power-hungry Hillary Clinton’s big rhetorical banner for 2006 — as good an indicator to the Democrats’ predictions of where all this scandal and disaster is going to take them in the next election as any — is, America Can Do Better.
A better war! A better destruction of the social net! Lordy what a bunch of dimbulbs. What the Dems really need is some hard-core, take-no-prisoners, rabble rousing populists. Then they might amount to something again.