The Democrat’s quandary

by Sal on November 13, 2006

in Politics

Having won both houses of Congress, the Democrat’s face a rather large internal struggle for the future of the party. An LA Times story today chronicles how left-leaning blogs, organizations such as the ACLU and MoveOn.org, and liberal activists who helped fund the Democrat’s in 2006 see the party as owing them, and are looking for passage of such left-leaning policies as gun control, policies that provide funding for poor people to kill their unborn babies, the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, repeal of the Patriot Act, Universal Health Care, and policies that discourage the outsourcing of jobs oversees. The Democratic leaders, however, see these issues for what they are — politically explosive issues which would lead to their inevitable defeat in 2008. If they don’t pass some of this legislation, they could discourage their base and cause them to stay home in 2008, or support some third party candidate.

Let’s not forget what happened in 1993, following the election of Bill Clinton, and the first completely Democrat-controlled government since the Carter administration. Clinton pushed too far and alienated the country with debates over Gays in the military, Hillary-care, and Nanny-gate. This paved the way for the Republican Contract with America and the 1994 Republican Revolution. Let’s face it, as much as Bill Clinton was a total scumbag and instituted many a bad policy, he was a very shrewd politician. I would dare to say that San Fran Nan and Dingy Harry are much less shrewd than he is, and will have a difficult time balancing the appeal to their base and the attempt to stay in the center. It should be fun to watch.

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Chris November 13, 2006 at 11:37 pm

I agree with your assessment in that the Democrats will take a very hard turn to the left as they did after Bill Jefferson became president. As many of us have said on the blog, the culmination of this current/future hard left turn will be an Algore v. ‘she who shall not be named’ scorched-earth primary in 2008…with algore winning (also a joy for every GOPer to witness).

However, with the Republicans’ “New Tone” and turn away from Conservatism, they will not be as successful as Newt Gingrich and the Republicans were in 1994. The Contract with America traced back to the Conservative principles and was an ideologically strong policy, unlike the Democrat-lite policy of the RINOs. Republicans are currently making really dumb moves and it is imperative that a strong conservative leader emerge. Continuing down the RINO path with a McCain nomination in 2008 will be the nail in the coffin of the GOP. Christie Whitman did to the NJGOP the same thing that this RINO minority and McCain will do to GOP.

It’s early, but the GOP had better wake up!!!

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Ryan November 14, 2006 at 7:55 am

The Democrat Party is in the middle of a civil war that no one wants to report. Because it’s under-reported, it percolates, hardly noticed, waiting to explode.

The Moonbats want control since they fund the Dems and make lots of noise at wacked-out rallies that cause the sane person to laugh. While funny, they want influence– why not? they paid for it! However, the more responsible wing of the party wants to govern in a way that keeps them in the mainstream, away from the “liberal” label that even the Dems fear.

So, we have the Hillary v. Gore, DLC v. Soros, Murtha v. Hoyer, etc. battles for the soul (if their party does, in fact, have one) of the party. The problem with some Republicans, in my opinion, is that their too weak-kneed to want to embrace their soul. Hence, the Dems stay alive and in power, though it could slip away easily.

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