Politics

Republicans Fail. Democrats Flail.

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Howard Fineman writes a dead-on story about the problems with the Democratic leadership. They have a perfect opportunity now to frame their party as the stewards of a new way, and yet they can’t seem to get it together.

Why?

Here are some reasons:

  • Supreme divisions: John Roberts smooth sailing through the nomination process.
  • Lack of star power: Rudy, Arnold, McCain and Condi vs. Reid, Pelosi, Dean and Kerry. Enough said.
  • Hillary love and fear: she is the heir apparent with a seemingly moderate vision, but most Dem insiders speak ill of her chances in 2008.
  • A house divided: the SEIU’s departure from the AFL-CIO hits a Dem stronghold hard.
  • War waffling: they can’t stand up for their votes and now they’re meeting with Sheehan?
  • Missed opportunities: Rovegate, the morning-after pill, Social Security…all potential issues and none captialized on.
  • Vision and passion: where is it? Nobody knows.

Read the rest of the story from MSNBC.

  • kreiz

    Finemann forgot ‘tired impotence’. Michael Reynolds at The Mighty Middle says it best: “[the Dems] are toothless, arthritic lions, unable to chase down even the slowest and sickliest of gazelles. Their only hope for a meal now comes in the form of a carrion. Road kill.” Wish I could write that well.

  • http://Northwoodsnovels.com ford4x4

    I’m fed up with the Republican party. But I’m terrified of the Democrats I see on the news every night. (Dean, Jackson, Pelosi etc)

    What’s a moderate to do in a two party system?

  • Paul Brinkley

    Elect more libertarians into Congress in 2006.

  • JonBuck

    The time is ripe for a third party. Can the Libertarians do it? I have strong doubts. But I don’t know who else is really out there, waiting in the wings. Reynolds sums up the Democrats very succinctly, and the Republicans are corrupted by the power they have wielded for five years.

  • John

    Most people seem to hate both parties, but the only other viable options are typically people from the far right and the far left (Perot/Nader) What we need to do is pressure already established centrists like McCain, Guilliani, Biden, and (brace yourself righties) Clinton to start a new party that represents the actual majority of americans. Force the Right and Left back to their corners where they belong. If I can get a few moderate republicans to agree, I would try my best to start a campaign of moderate dems. I think the problem will be that the party will look to much like the democratic party for most republicans to handle.

  • Paul Brinkley

    The only reason I would brace myself against Clinton would be to await whether you say Bill or Hillary. Bill has proven himself to be enough of a Moderate to warrant consideration. Hillary, however, gives me a STRONG vibe of a leftist elitist pretending to be moderate.

    If you want moderate Dems, I would give more slack to Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Evan Bayh.

  • John

    True enough on all but Lieberman. I loved him with Gore, but he freaked my leftie side out in the 2004 election. Thought the republicans snuck in a ghost op to partake in the democratic primaries.

    I think Hillary isn’t the evil she-devil that Republicans pump her up to be, she’s been moderate on foreign affairs (just as Bill), but expect taxes to go up or back to the level they were before Bush. Domestically, she may be too far left for most moderate republicans, but so is Bush.

  • John

    True enough on all but Lieberman. I loved him with Gore, but he freaked my leftie side out in the 2004 election. Thought the republicans snuck in a ghost op to partake in the democratic primaries.

    I think Hillary isn’t the evil she-devil that Republicans pump her up to be, she’s been moderate on foreign affairs (just as Bill), but expect taxes to go up or back to the level they were before Bush. Domestically, she may be too far left for most moderate republicans, but so is Bush.