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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:39 AM
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Let the Republicans Keep Digging That Hole
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 AM by swag

(it's a bit of a weird read, but thought it worthy of inclusion here anyway)

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg

. . .

When you combine the polls on Congress (it stinks) with the ones on the Supreme Court nomination (a quick and fair fight is all we ask for) it argues for continuing to do what's worked best for Democrats: as little as possible while letting Republicans go too far. Remember Newt Gingrich is now hawking a B-list book and health-care reform as a private citizen on late night cable.

By abandoning the field, Democrats have unleashed Bush's most fearsome opponent, which is reality. On Social Security, Republicans are one victory away from complete annihilation. If only Democrats had done even less, they might have restored their FDR coalition and be sure of winning back the White House and both houses of Congress. If Republicans want to be known as the party of James Dobson and Jerry Falwell, let them have the shovel to dig that hole. It might not bring Democratic victory tomorrow, but it will soon and for decades to come.
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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:49 AM
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1. This is loopy.
Excessive passivity is an abdication of responsibility if it is long practiced.

It only makes sense (for the greater good) as a brief or superficial tactic.

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4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:13 PM
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2. Digging they are....
But I agree with the first post - doing nothing only works to a certain extent.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:16 PM
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3. There Are Three Aspects to This Strategy
The first is letting the GOP dig its own grave while diddling itself and refusing to go for a "spin" any longer. Disengagement from the madmen and women as a means of clarifying the distinction between us and them.

The second is offering facts, scenarios, memes, paradigms, etc., as alternatives to the fantasy that is BushWorld. This we have seen from various truly great American Democrats: Dean, Boxer, and the like, from educated and well-regarded experts in science, law, religion, medicine, etc., and from plain ordinary citizens: parents of the soldiers, families on the edge, etc.

The third is slamming down those deluded Democrats in Name Only who try to muddy the waters and "compromise" us into a bigger mess.

We've got all three processes started, and it's starting to work brilliantly. Dr. Dean has got to take credit for showing the way and herding the cats, so to speak. And we should also take a bow, for standing up in the column of the sane and pissed off!
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:10 PM
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4. That hole is our collective graves
and as long as people keep rationalizing about the Dem's failure to lift one courageous finger to stop it- or at least back up those who try, those far right shovels will soon be tossing the dirt back into that hole- burying everything good and decent alive with it.
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