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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:38 PM
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GOP Chairman to Single Out Kerry, Clinton (OMG! GOP plans to destroy Dems
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GOP Chairman to Single Out Kerry, Clinton


Republican Chairman to Assail Democratic Sens. Clinton and Kerry on Party's Agenda
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The head of the Republican Party, launching a broad indictment of the Democratic Party six months before midterm elections, is expected to charge Friday that the opposition can't find an election-year slogan, let alone agree on a broad agenda.

In an address to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Tennessee scheduled for Friday afternoon, Ken Mehlman will single out party leaders and two potential 2008 presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry for criticism on a range of issues, from national security to the economy to judicial nominees.

"Not only can they not settle on an agenda, they can't even agree on a slogan," Mehlman's remarks prepared for delivery said. He is expected to offer some suggestions, albeit critical ones.

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Mehlman will assail some Democrats for calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, for challenging President Bush's warrantless surveillance program and for pushing for greater attention to civil liberties in a revision of the Patriot Act.

Mehlman's speech cites a list of achievements in the war on terror. "It is amazing that some of the other party's leaders seem to want to take away the tools making us safer."


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Mehlman's text reflected his intention to argue that Clinton's solution to support U.S. troops in Iraq was higher taxes and poked fun at Kerry for joining in the unsuccessful challenge to Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito's nomination from a conference in Davos, Switzerland.

more...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1709669&CMP...
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:40 PM
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1. In that case
Their jokes are never funny. The funniest thing about Republicans, as a matter of fact, is that they remain unaware that they ARE the joke, and a cruel joke it is, indeed, just like all their humor.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:42 PM
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2. Mehlman is fighting the last war.
The one that started in 2002 and had it's last ebb in 2004. This is a mistake on his part. He is arguing the things that have given his boss a 34% poll rating.

I hope he does more of this. As several people have said in the past, "Bring it on."
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July Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:52 PM
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3. Um, Ken?
You're going to attack Democrats for pursuing issues Americans are finally VERY concerned about (withdrawal from Iraq, warrantless surveillance, civil liberties). Please bring it on. Thank you, that is all.
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timbnyc44 Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:55 PM
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4. Thanks for highlighting the differences....
...that way voters will know to vote Dem. As others said, he's fighting the last war - being opposed to the Admin is a benefit now. It's a good thing Mehlman and co. can't bring themselves to acknowledge that!
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:10 PM
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5. Strategery is a better word
in my opinion
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:19 PM
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6. The Republicans are still under the illusion that the Dems have to DO
Something. When in fact, they may not need to do nearly as much as the Repugs suspect. The Repugs are spontaneously combusting as we speak. Even with no other major news stories for the rest of the year, we still get to look forward to:

- Abraham's revelations which could bring down lots of the Repug leadership

- Frist's SEC charges being filed

- Whatever Fitzgerald has up his sleeve

- More Repug dirty deals will no doubt be exposed (FAA sold to China?)

- Repugs fighting each other in an attempt to salvage political careers

And who knows what else, these are just a few of the many things that will be newsworthy in the months ahead.

The Dems could probably do nothing but shake their heads in disgust and disbelief, then open their arms to welcome the flood of displaced and disenfranchised Repugs fleeing in search of honest leadership.

But I do think it would help if the Democrats got a message.

A single message.

And a single spokesperson, a figurehead for the Democratic Party. Someone non-confrontational, and someone accomplished in making speeches. Howard Dean would be good, so would John Edwards. Or Russ Feingold. Wes Clark perhaps?
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jedicord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:23 PM
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7. I asked this question earlier...
"Mehlman will assail some Democrats for calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, for challenging President Bush's warrantless surveillance program and for pushing for greater attention to civil liberties in a revision of the Patriot Act."

Exactly what is wrong with wanting to leave Iraq, being against warrantless surveillance and trying to safeguard our civil liberties?

Exactly what kind of Bush-bots ARE these people?
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stevietheman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:56 PM
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8. Go ahead and focus on Clinton and Kerry, Ken....
neither of them will be the 2008 nominee. Bash away, with gusto!
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:09 PM
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9. You don't care if people get bashed if they're not your guy?
There are many Democrats of whom I'm not a fan, but I will defend them against RW attacks.

This is why we lose. Selfish personal agenda promotion comes before the greater good.
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stevietheman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:15 PM
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10. My position stands. n/t
n/t
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:40 PM
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13. Have fun being a minority of one forever, then n/t
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:30 PM
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12. yeah, as if they wont bash any other Dems
i wonder if he expects us to defend it if it's his guy who gets bashed.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:25 PM
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14. The OP states: launching a broad indictment of the Democratic Party n/t
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:22 PM
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11. Cheney shot a man in the face
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