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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:39 PM
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20. getting the policy right is what's important ...
there's not much virtue in a unity that prolongs the madness in Iraq ... it will serve neither the political aspirations of Democrats nor the best interests of this country nor the best interests of the Iraqi people if Democrats remain "unified" (or relatively unified) behind a "we can still fix this mess" program ...

even in getting the policy right, it is not necessary that all Democrats are onboard ... there should be no political punishment from the voters for a party open enough to welcome a spectrum of views ...

in the end, it's getting the policy right that's important ... truthfully, there hasn't been much of that ... Democrats seem so fearful about "imagined political consequences" that i don't believe most them feel free to step away from the pack and lead the country in a new direction ... we've seen one or two republicans "get out of line" recently; it would be nice to see a convert or two from our side ...

so, my answer to the question is fundamentally "no" ... unity is not necessary and the relatively unified position we're seeing today is not just bad politics (it appears too "defensive" and "reactive") but a poor policy call as well ...
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