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Posted on Dec 13, 2007

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats need a Plan B.

    Republicans chortle as they block Democratic initiatives—and accuse the majority of being unable to govern. Rank-and-filers are furious their leaders can’t end the Iraq war. President Bush sits back and vetoes at will. 

    Worse, Democrats are starting to blame each other, with those in the House wondering why their Senate colleagues don’t force Republicans to engage in grueling, old-fashioned filibusters. Instead, the GOP kills bills by coming up with just 41 votes. Senators defend themselves by saying that their House colleagues don’t understand how the august “upper” chamber works these days.

    If Bush’s strategy is to drag Congress down to his low level of public esteem, he is succeeding brilliantly. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released earlier this week found that only 33 percent of Americans approved of Bush’s handling of his job—and just 32 percent felt positively about Congress’ performance. The only comfort for Democrats: The public dislikes Republicans in Congress (32 percent approval) even more than it dislikes congressional Democrats (40 percent approval).

    The Democrats’ core problem is that they have been unable to place blame for gridlock where it largely belongs, on the Republican minority and the president.

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    In an ideal world, Democrats would pass a lot of legislation that Bush would either have to sign or veto. The president would have to take responsibility for his choices. The House has passed many bills, but the Republican minority has enormous power in the Senate to keep the legislation from ever getting to the president’s desk. This creates the impression that action is being stalled through some vague and nefarious congressional “process.”

    Not only can a minority block action in the Senate, but the Democrats’ nominal one-vote majority is frequently not a majority at all. A few maverick Democrats often defect, and the party runs short-handed when Sens. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama are off running for president.

    And Bush is learning that even when bills reach his desk, he can veto them with near impunity. On Wednesday, Bush issued his second veto of a bill to extend coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to 10 million kids. Democrats have the high ground on the issue and more than two-thirds support in the Senate, but the bill lacks a veto-proof House majority.

    After Bush vetoed the first version of the SCHIP bill, Democrats changed it slightly to make it more attractive to Republicans. And the new version passed both houses too. When Bush vetoed the SCHIP measure again, almost nobody paid attention. The Washington Post ran a three-paragraph story on the corner of Page A18; The New York Times ran a longer story—on Page A29.

    Democrats can’t even get credit for doing the right thing. If Congress and Bush don’t act, the alternative minimum tax—originally designed to affect only Americans with very high incomes—will raise taxes on about 20 million middle- and upper-middle-class people for whom it was never intended.

    Democrats want to protect those taxpayers, but also keep their pay-as-you-go promise to offset new spending or tax cuts with tax increases or program cuts elsewhere. They would finance AMT relief with $50 billion in new taxes on the very wealthiest Americans or corporations. The Republicans say no, just pass the AMT fix.

    Here’s a guarantee: If the Democrats fail to pass AMT relief, they will be blamed for raising taxes on the middle class. If they pass it without the tax increase, deficit hawks will accuse them of selling out.

    What’s the alternative to the internecine Democratic finger-pointing of the sort that made the front page of Thursday’s Washington Post? The party’s congressional leaders need to do whatever they must to put this year behind them. Then they need to stop whining. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should put aside any ill feelings and use the Christmas break to come up with a joint program for 2008.

    They could start with the best ideas from their presidential candidates in areas such as health care, education, cures for the ailing economy and poverty reduction. Agree to bring the same bills to a vote in both houses. Try one more time to change the direction of Iraq policy. If Bush and the Republicans block their efforts, bring all these issues into the campaign. Let the voters break the gridlock.

    If Democrats don’t make the 2008 election about the Do-Nothing Republicans, the GOP has its own ideas about whom to hold responsible for Washington’s paralysis. And if House and Senate Democrats waste their time attacking each other, they will deserve any blame they get next fall.

    E.J. Dionne’s e-mail address is postchat(at)aol.com.

    © 2007, Washington Post Writers Group


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By John Hanks, December 18, 2007 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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The Democrats are just cats in a sack and they are completely subverted by cowards and traitors.  Change can only come from outside.  They are an exclusive club.

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By Conservative Yankee, December 18, 2007 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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120504 by Thomas Billis on 12/15 at 11:45 pm

“The Democrats first need is spine.Stand up to Generalisimo Bush on the war”

Looking at “the Democrats” from the outside, I would think (but not suggest) they get their own house in order before they attempt outside intervention.  The Lieberman endorsement of John McCain proves once and for all that the leadership was mistaken to embrace this scorpion after the 06 elections. Sure Sure I know why they did it, BUT they were wrong. It is obvious to this (former Republican) now Democrat, soon to be independent, that there is no “Democratic” majority BECAUSE the people with the D’s after their names are not necessarily Democrats.

A painful party restructuring may be necessary (something like the R party did after the Nixon scandal) AND despite the nay-sayers qualms, it took the R party only six short years to grab the Senate and four to take the white House in a 49 state landslide!

One problem insiders might wish to consider is the “labeling of positions” ordinary voters are finally beginning to realize that despite the advertising the Democratic party is as far from “liberal” as the Republican party is from “conservative”.

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By John Hanks, December 17, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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It is like a tango.  Republicans lead and Democrats follow along.  I think the Democrats are afraid of getting murdered like the Wellstones.  Caligula anyone?

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By John Borowski, December 17, 2007 at 11:06 am Link to this comment
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The strategy of the Republicans (Aka Conservatives right wingers) is beyond repair. The only strategy they have left is to BS the ocean of ignorance.

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By Conservative Yankee, December 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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Here, let me see if when I say this again, anyone will get it.


1.)  While the “approval rating” of congress is low, that means nothing when the other poll, the one that shows that most folks are either “satisfied” or Very satisfied” with THEIR individual congressperson.

The national approval rating of “congress” as a whole (or hole if you would rather) means absolutely NOTHING that’s why the anti-democracy term-limits people are in the streets again. BUT, be warned. that dog bites the owner on occasion.

The pendulum is begining to swing again. folks are not as “unhappy” about the Iraq war as they were last month. that’s a drop on concern on this issue for three months.

Maine, a blue state with a Democratic Governor, and two Democratic Congress people, and a State House that ha been Democratic for 20+ years can’t unseat either Olympia Snow, or Susan Collins. Susan is currently in a race with our former first district congressman but is leading by 17 points.  Tom Allen (a Democrat) supported Bush on the war resolution, so he’s going nowhere…. Mainers like Republicans who behave like Republicans, but they do not care for Democrats who behave like Republicans. So, once again a seat in the Senate, where the D’s should have had a pick-up becomes (with each passing election) a firmly ensconced Republican seat… One of the few places I will vote Republican this year… The other place is the second district congressional seat where Mike Michaud (D) continually votes with the R’s. He’s anti-choice on abortion, pro Iraq war, and an all around screw-up.. I’ll be voting R here as well.

One place where I will not vote the R ticket is at the Presidential level where I shall vote Kucinich in the primary, and barring that third party in the General.

As for impeachment, folks… sorry but that ship has sailed… not a chance in hell!

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By John Hanks, December 16, 2007 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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Democrats are bought and controlled by the media just like the filthy Republicans.  It is a good cop - bad cop stunt.  None of us matter at all.  We aren’t part of the club.  Next, they will steal our social security and turn the rest of us into slaves, soldiers, and whores.

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By DennisD, December 16, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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By not starting impeachment proceedings from day one of her reign, Pelosi and the Dims lost any credibility and or perceived power they might have had after the last election. They made it crystal clear that they, Dims & Repubs, are part of the same anti-American people team.

Fiddling while Rome burns is not a strategy.

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By troublesum, December 16, 2007 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

Bush could not be doing the things he does without the acquiesence of congressional democrats and they need to know that they share his guilt for violations of international law and human rights.  They need to know and we need to tell them if they don’t know that they will be held accountable for war crimes.  This is no longer a matter of a country being taken over by a gang of neo-con thugs; it’s about who allowed that to happen - beginning with Al Gore for not supporting the House Black Caucus challenge to 2000 election results - and who allows Bush to continue after 7 years to run rough-shod over international laws while using the constitution for toilet paper.  Democrats are just as responsible for everything which has happened in the past 7 years as Bush is because they sat back and allowed it to happen.  They think people are going to rush out and vote for them in 2008 because they are “not republicans.”  Many of them are in for a rude awakening.

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By Cyrena -----Sloppy Scholarship, Inc., December 16, 2007 at 1:03 am Link to this comment
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Cyrena, again failing to do her homework, posts:
“...in the case of Ron Paul, who made sure that Kucinich’s resolution wouldn’t go anywhere..”

Ron Paul gives a solid and truthful assessment of legal process and explains why he felt compelled to vote WITH Democrat leadership on the Kucinich HR799. See the following:

dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2007/11/11/ron-paul-on-impeachment-of-cheney-bush-clinton-video/

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By Thomas Billis, December 16, 2007 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

The Democrats first need is spine.Stand up to Generalisimo Bush on the war,on joke appointments like Mukasey on impeachment on so many things and they will get respect and action.The republicans view the democrats as suckers and the old rule is never give a sucker an even break.They are getting treated like they act.Like wimps.When they lose do they go after the big bad republicans no they go after themselves.You run on ending the war you have to end the war to have respect.You cannot sell bullshit when that is the platform you ran on.They did not say maybe or we will see they said they would end it.How can you respect a group of people who make one thing the cornerstone of their election bid in 06 and then buckle time after time to a president with an approval rating lower than freezing.With some guts they could become the majority party for a generation but instead they leave their balls at home and wonder why no one gives them respect.The Republicans impeach Clinton basically because he got a blowjob and win the White House the democrats take parts of the Constitution off the table.Go figure why people think the democrats are weak kneed.

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By Dionne keeping them strong, December 15, 2007 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment
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please come closer..listen…i’m losing blood fast.  it all started a few weeks ago with that Truthdig piece explaining the sexist pileup on Hillary at the debate. I promised myself if I ever read another excuse-fest for the ineffectual Democrats, i would gnaw off my foot. well, it’s come to that here. Gridlock? Bullying(i.e.) by the Republicans? What in the living fuck is wrong with you weak, weak people? You were elected to do 1 thing.
End the occupation. Stop whining like the pathetic, dickless worms you are. just slurp up whatever nutrients you can off the Senate floor, raise your quivering snouts and force your organless, boneless, spiritless, fear-engorged beetle-casings to DO what you are getting paid to do.

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By driving bear, December 15, 2007 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

to #120305 by cyrena on 12/14 at 11:59 pm

Wake up and smell the coffee. Impeachment is off the table because if impeachment was to go forward the involvement of the democrats would come to light. remember last weeks story about how key democratic leaders were briefed about waterboarding. Always remember that the highest rule of politics is Cover Your A**. 

Also where were the complaints when the democrats blocked the appointment of judges to the bench back when they were in the minority

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By troublesum, December 15, 2007 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

There was a report at Think Progress today which stated that the top 1% of the people in the US (3 million people) had a combined income of $525 billion, while the bottom 20% (60 million people) had a combined income of $383 billion.  This is not an issue for congressional democrats.  With a few exceptions they never raise the issue.  Stating simple facts and figures is class warfare and republicans will beat them up for it.

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By strangetimes, December 15, 2007 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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I admire & respect Mr. Dionne tremendously, but I think columns (and excuses) like these do more harm than good.  There is no serious Democratic leadership, there is simply endless whining, self-service, campaigning and fund raising.  For example, why did Reid introduce the version of the FISA bill which grants immunity to the telecoms?  That was his decision and he caved.

Even if they don’t have a veto-proof majority (has every other capable US Congress had it?), they should introduce the bills which contain the provisions that represent the ideals they say they stand for!  Bring the fights & the filibusters & the dramatics to the floor. 

The MSM will surely give them more airtime if Reid & Pelosi both hold their breath until they turn blue & pass out!  Do what it takes!  Fight!  The GOP may then be forced to compromise because informed public opinion will demand it! 

What Reid & Pelosi offer now is simply battered women’s syndrome:  I’m afraid to take the steps to make my life better because…fill in the blanks.  And two rich, privileged PUBLIC SERVANTS don’t have the right to that attitude.

Be more direct, Mr. Dionne.  Demand that they find some creative strategies & fight for what their constituency wants!  No more excuses, please.

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By cann4ing, December 15, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

We should stop calling the democrats who control key positions in Congress (e.g. Reid, Pelosi, Hoyer & Harmon) the “Democratic leadership.”  These Bush enablers don’t lead.  They play political games as they cave in on one measure after another.  While from Jan. 2007 on they had the votes to end the war in Iraq by simply cutting off the flow of billions of dollars from the public coffers to the money-grubbing war profiteers like Halliburton & Blackwater, these “do-nothings” offer up sham funding measures that seek to attach conditions that they know will not obtain the necessary votes to override a presidential veto, then, time and again, hand over the cash with no strings attached.

What a charade!  It only takes a simple majority in the House or 41 votes in the Senate to block all further funding.  Where is the courage?  Where is the “leadership”?

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By Expat, December 15, 2007 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

#120198 by Paul_GA on 12/14 at 10:24 am
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Yes, and it better be a titanium spine.  LOL

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By troublesum, December 15, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

There is only one political party now - the money or corporate party.  Democrats in congress simply carry out the wishes of the people who own them.  Nader said in 2000 that Bush was a corporation disquised as a candidate; Hillary has borrowed the disquise for 2008.  When people wake up and realize that we need a political party to represent ordinary people who have to work for a living then something may be possible.  As for congressional democrats ever doing anything differently, maybe someday Lucy will let Charlie Brown kick the football.  Suckers need to wake up.  The first order of business is to stop voting for democrats.

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By cyrena, December 15, 2007 at 12:59 am Link to this comment

Dear ALL,
I’m doing my part here, to share this. It would appear that there are in fact a handful of Democrats willing to continue on with the urgent business that Dennis Kucinich was finally able to introduce, (that Pelosi, and Ron Paul among others, have been equally determined to ‘keep off the table’ or at least under it – in the case of Ron Paul, who made sure that Kucinich’s resolution wouldn’t go anywhere). Anyway, here’s another chance, and the effort is beginning where it should, in the House Judiciary Committee.
From Democrats.com
•  Rep. Robert Wexler (FL-19) and two other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee - Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) - today called on the committee to begin impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney.
They declared, “The charges are too serious to ignore. There is credible evidence that the Vice President abused the power of his office, and not only brought us into an unneccesary war but violated the civil liberties and privacy of American citizens. It is the constitutional duty of Congress to hold impeachment hearings.”
The three Democrats wrote an op-ed to announce their position, but none of the nation’s leading newspapers would publish it - just as they refuse to include impeachment in their polls, and just as they refuse to publish their own investigations of the crimes of the Bush Administration. Why? Because the Corporate Media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, as it has been since the Reagan Revolution of 1980.
So this important announcement was made on a Blogcall hosted by Democrat.com, and was covered by progressive blogs - the only news media that serves the people, not the Corporations. 
You can read the full op-ed at Rep. Wexler’s new site -  http://wexlerwantshearings.com  - where you can also watch a powerful video by Wexler.
Rep. Wexler needs to collect 50,000 signatures to convince his Democratic colleagues that the American people truly support impeachment hearings. So please sign his petition:
http://wexlerwantshearings.com
You can also send an email to Wexler’s other colleagues on Judiciary:
http://www.democrats.com/topelosiandjudiciary

YES!! It IS crucial to dump cheney ASAP. Especially if we actually do want to have an election next year.

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By Paul_GA, December 14, 2007 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps, Ms. Currey, the question is which of the two ducks is lamer ...

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By kevin99999, December 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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What I am upset about is that time and time again the Democratic leadership appears to be off guard even when the white house and the Republicans are predicable in their positions. The Democrats in the House make a lot of noise about putting president’s feet to the fire only. All the bluster followed by a retreat has become a pattern with the Democratic leadership. And they are making the Republicans pay a price. Of course, not having the right wing corporate media in its is big factor not holding the Republicans responsible.

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By Margaret Currey, December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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Lame Duck President, Lame Duck Congress.

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By Artist General, December 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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ATTEMPTED ‘RESOLUTION’ OF ENDORSEMENT:

“AN ‘OATH’ OF MARTIAL OFFICE”—to be brought to the Floor of the House & Senate like that Move-on.org fiasco…

remember how ‘red-tapeless’ THAT one went thru?—compare to THIS anti-war progressive ‘counterpart’ proposition which would (obviously) play to “our” moral strengths & public advantage—forcing the GOP to, in effect, vote to “insulate” from “possible personal $acrifice” a—how to say…um, er:

AN ‘EFFIN WAR CABINET OF MULTIMILLIONAIRE CHICKENHAWKS!

—well you shudda heard the conversation I just had with “Go-To” Guy in Pete Stark’s Washington office—it was pure ‘BSS’ (‘Battered Spouse Syndrome’) how the dems took a hit with Rangel’s ‘Draft’ resolution—so from that festering (?)“embarassment” a foetal-positioned thumb-sucking is the permanent order of the Democratic day—that is, until the GOP wants one of THEIR “resolutions” passed…THEN the dems ‘rise’ to their knees to service in brazen obsenity their souless, and probably secretly incredulous GOP masters…

SLAMDUNK MENDACITY / Oop$ee:

The Wealthiest War Cabinet on the Most Chickenhawked Warpath in U.S. History–

‘Seattle P-I’:

Stop Bush, Cheney From Profiting Off Iraq War

~By E&P;Staff

“…force Bush to promise not to profit
from military actions he authorized.”

–Editor and Publisher

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003677411

“Radical Ethics: No bucks from war” –Nov. 25 (Sunday Editorial)

P-I EDITORIAL BOARD

“…this left-wing, left-coast idea actually reaches into the heartland and history of the country…”

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/25/5422/
‘good cop’ verision—for AG ‘bad cop’, see “comments”


“WHOA! —Takin’ us to WAR?
You ForGOT to ReCU$E Yourself!”

AN ‘OATH’ OF MARTIAL OFFICE

from PATRIOTS FOR A FAIR CONTRACT WITH AMERICA

WE HOLD ITS MORAL TRUTH TO BE SELF-EVIDENT,
ITS ULTIMATE WORTH IN ASKING NOT SOLELY TO SECURE AGREEMENT BUT TO OBLIGATE AND REMIND POWER OF ALL DUE COMMONWEALTH

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

BY THOSE IN THE WHEELHOUSE OF WAR,

THERE CAN BE NO HONORABLE RECEPTION
OR ACCEPTABLE INHERITANCE
OF PRIVATE TREASURE FROM PUBLIC BLOODSHED
THAT THIS QUESTION BE POSED
AND ITS POINT PRESSED AS NEEDED

FRAMING A MEASURE OF CHARACTER
IN THE WILLINGNESS OF MARTIAL LEADERSHIP
TO PERSONALLY SHARE IN POSSIBLE SACRIFICE–

ALL THE MORE APPROPRIATE IN BEING SO MUCH LESS
THAN LIFE & LIMB LOST BY THOSE SENT TO FIGHT AND DIE

THAT THERE CAN BE NO “OTHER PRIORITIE$” ,
NO BLESSING$ TO COUNT OR COURT
IN THE RUTHLESS CURSE OF WAR

AND NO OUTCOME TO MORE OBTAIN
THAN THE SOONEST POSSIBLE PEACE
THAT ANY COLLATERAL IMPULSE TO FREE MARKET OR FAMILY FORTUNE
BE PURGED FROM THE MEANS TO THAT END AS A VIVIDLY-BINDING MATTER OF PERSONAL HONOR,
COME WHATEVER ELSE MAY:

WE THE PEOPLE
DO HENCEFORTH EXPECT

of Public Servants Exercising
Fatal Authority In Our Name
A Formal “Declaration of Disownership”

A FOR-THE-RECORD CONCESSION THAT NO ENTITLEMENT EXISTS

to Present or Future Personal Profit ‘Demonstrably Connected’ to Any War (or Bloodshed) Authorized, Promoted, Advanced or Otherwise
“Engaged on Your Watch”:

WE THE PEOPLE HOLD OURSELVES DESERVING OF AN EXPLANATION

Should the Answer to This “Recu$al-for-Life” Question be “NO”.
If the Answer is “YES”,
Then Be It Understood:

Martial Planner Agrees to Surrender-on-Demand Said Profit–(deliberate or unintentional, exposed or “discovered”) to Veteran Benefit Groups, College Funds For Children of the Fallen, etc…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST:

http://www.sfbg.com/blogs/politics/2007/08/political_art_of_the_week.html

The Most PNAC-Gallery-Feared
‘Improbable’ but potentially recurring
Moment Of National Media Truth:

That Walter-Cronkite-Type-Event in Journalism:
http://www.foggybog.com/movies/cronkite.html

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By Wallace Pancoast, December 14, 2007 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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The Democrat Party has lost all credibility, just as completely as the Bush Party.  I would suggest we stop this conspiracy between the parties.  If we don’t, at least desist from calling this tragic condition we are in as a facet of “democracy”.  We are deluding
ourselves if we do otherwise.  One has to be completely insane to consider voting for either of these fake “alternative” parties.

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By Paul_GA, December 14, 2007 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

“Reinvent themselves”, Expat? The Demos need a backbone transplant—-desperately!

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By Expat, December 14, 2007 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

By E.J. Dionne

WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats need a Plan B.

Republicans chortle as they block Democratic initiatives—and accuse the majority of being unable to govern. Rank-and-filers are furious their leaders can’t end the Iraq War. President Bush sits back and vetoes at will. 

Chortle?  The Republicans are high fiving, yee ha-ing, and backslapping and then rolling on the ground in laughter.  The majority clearly cannot rule.  Plan B?  Are you kidding?  Plan Z wouldn’t be enough for these imbeciles/traitors; which is it?  The dems need to reinvent themselves.  How can anybody possibly take them seriously?

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By kimnjerry, December 14, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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“If Democrats were truly an opposition party with an actual on-going platform they would go on the offensive and achieve a great deal more. They would have the present administration impeached, the troops headed home and the constitution restored. If a minority of Repugs is so powerful it is because they possess something that the Dems lack—a guiding philosophy, albeit a bad one.”

Well said.

In trying to be all things to all people, the Democrats become nothing to no one. There is no coherent philosophy, no singular and powerful voice, and no opposition party.

Politics is not a gentleman’s game. The gloves should come off, charges brought against Bush and Cheney, a focused plan of attack clearly articulated. If not, the wealthy, right-wing corporate/religious nuts who currently own the country will increase their strangle hold on government, the economy, and civil liberties. If they were able to successfully “swift-boat” John Kerry, they’ll have a field day with this bunch…and we’ll have another Republican in the White House and a right-wing Congress.

Read what Vice-President Henry Wallace wrote about “fascism” in 1944. That’s what the stakes are today.

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By JimM72, December 14, 2007 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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The same old repug strategy-block, stall, lie and then blame others. They are overly spoiled five year olds who should have their candy taken away from them. True that the msn will continue to blame the dems for the ‘gridlock.

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By G.Anderson, December 14, 2007 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

The Democrats real problem is that they are no longer Democrats, but Republicans.

Until they start taking a look at what’s happening to the middle class in this country, from the perspective of the middle class themselves, then they will be nothing more than “do-gooders” expecting to be rewarded for patronizing those less fortunate than themselves.

Until then, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to take a look at my life, and for your suggestions of a few prize winning programs to end my suffering and enhance your political posture.

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By Tim Kelly, December 14, 2007 at 7:37 am Link to this comment
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Most people fail to understand that the purpose of the Democratic Party is to prevent anyone from defeating the right-wing agenda.  The Republicans put forth the right-wing agenda, the Democrats make sure no one defeats it.  Not by accident, but by design.

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By mary, December 14, 2007 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

As long as we continue to get our news fed to us by the right-leaning, Corp controlled media, we will continue to see the Democrats strung up a pole on every single issue.  Not that this group has the balls or the brains to figure out how to use this to their advantage.  It is clear the Repub minority and this White House are the problem, plain as that!

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By Paul_GA, December 14, 2007 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

What low, chicken-livered, worthless so-and-sos ... it reminds me of how I became disillusioned at the Repubs back during the Clinton years, and changed from a conservative Republican voter into a libertarian-leaning independent. The Repubs, too, were too chicken-livered to really take advantage of their congressional control; all they wanted to do was “play it safe” until a Repub landed in the White House.

Well, everyone can see where THAT little strategy landed us, eh?

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By Jaded Prole, December 14, 2007 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

If Democrats were truly an opposition party with an actual on-going platform they would go on the offensive and achieve a great deal more. They would have the present administration impeached, the troops headed home and the constitution restored. If a minority of Repugs is so powerful it is because they possess something that the Dems lack—a guiding philosophy, albeit a bad one. They could at least learn from the Repugs the power of defining the terms of the discussion and playing on the opportunism of the “other side.” But then, they aren’t really the other side . . .

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