| Not-ready-for-prime-time Democrats
By DOUG THOMPSON
Jun 19, 2006, 06:41
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"I'm not a member of any organized political party," humorist Will Rogers once said. "I'm a Democrat."
The folksy philosopher from Oklahoma would feel right at home with today's Democrats - a fractious, divisive, argumentative bunch that seems determined to blow their chance at recapturing control of Congress is this year's midterm elections.
With polls showing a vast majority of Americans opposed to the war in Iraq and most wanting the U.S. to get the hell out as soon as possible, the Democrats can't even keep 42 of their own from joining Republicans in voting for the pathetically political resolution that ties the war to the so-called "war on terrorism."
How in the hell do these nitwits think they have the capacity to recapture Congress when 42 of their own cross the line and vote with the enemy?
Even worse, Democrats last week unveiled their election-year list of issues they feel will resonate with voters to knock the Republicans out of power.
Some Dems even call the list their "Contract With America," modeled after the list of since-broken promises that GOP firebrand Newt Gingrich used to put the Republicans in power in the 1994 midterms.
Yet the war in Iraq is not on the list and that absence even has Democrats wondering just what idiocy drives such election year politics.
Last week, Democratic Senator and possible 2008 Presidential frontrunner faced boos at the liberal "Take Back America" conference when she said:
"I have to just say it: I do not think it is a smart strategy either for the president to continue with his open-ended commitment, nor do I think it is smart strategy to set a date certain. I do not agree that that is in the best interest of our troops or our country."
The same crowd cheered former Presidential contender Sen. John Kerry when he said:
"As in Vietnam, we have stayed and fought and died even though it is time for us to go, It was right to dissent from a war in 1971 that was wrong and could not be won. And now, in 2006, it is both a right and an obligation for Americans to stand up to a president who is wrong today."
They cheered even louder when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she supported Rep. John Murtha's plan to bring the troops home.
"There are only two directions to take in Iraq: the president's plan of stay the course and let a future president sweep up after you, or the Murtha plan to change the direction of that course. I support the Murtha plan," Pelosi said.
Americans want troops out, but 42 Democrats still voted with Republicans to show support for the Iraq war.
Republicans backed Democrats into a corner with the vote in the House and hoped to portray the party as weak on terrorism. The ploy worked and enough Dems crossed over to make the vote appear more important than it is.
The unwillingness of the party to confront the Iraq war issue in their plan of action for the elections shows both a lack of unity and cowardice on what will be the wedge issue in the mind of many voters.
Republicans aren't fit to govern. They've proven that over and over for the past 11 years.
But, by chickening out on Iraq, Democrats prove they aren't ready to take over.
Both parties - dominated by pathetic, pitiful, posturing political pukes - are a disgrace to the nation they pretend to serve and neither deserves support in this volatile election year.
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