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Thursday, May 11, 2006


Enough Thumbsucking

Bob Herbert has an Op-Ed in this morning's New York Times (below) about how Democrats need to stop dithering and "thumbsucking" and start fighting. He says "There are no Trumans in sight in this Democratic Party".

I disagree. There's Dennis Spivack.

If you haven't heard him speak, turn out for one of his events. Dennis has got a passion and a "moxie" that's in short supply in our party. And, if you like what he's got to say, consider helping him beat Michael Castle. Money would be nice ...for a start.

Dennis' website is

Here is the Herbet Op-ed:

Enough already with the analyses ad nauseam of the strategies and tactics and philosophies that the Democratic Party should pursue to regain power in upcoming elections.

We've been listening to this armchair chatter for years: The Democrats need new ideas. They need big ideas. They need to move to the center. They need to wave the flag. They need to go to church. They need the soccer moms and the Nascar dads. They need to run from the blacks. They need to run from the gays.

I have no more patience with this perennially pathetic patient, this terminally timid Democrat who continues to lie cowering and trembling on the analyst's couch, wondering why the Demolition Derby Republicans control virtually all of the levers of power in the United States.

The Democrats are thinking too much and doing too little. This is a party in need of a moxie transplant. It's time for the patient to climb off the couch, walk outside and mix it up with the gang that has made a complete and utter mess of the country that was entrusted to it.

The polls tell us that the G.O.P. is ready to be routed. President Bush's approval ratings are at the lowest levels of his presidency. The war with Iraq is now widely — and properly — viewed as a disaster. Respondents to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll said they believed the Democrats would do a better job on nearly all of the major issues facing the country.

Now would be an excellent time for Democrats to pounce, to show genuine leadership. This is not the time for yet another round of thumb-sucking, for more mind-numbing nonsense about narratives and framing, for more abstract talk about how to define the party. The public needs to know what you plan to do about the war. What's your energy policy? How should we deal with Iran?

What the Democrats need more than anything, with midterms coming up in the fall and a presidential election two years later, are personable candidates of strong character who have at least some measure of political courage and are willing to stand up for what they truly believe. This is the stuff that leaders are made of.

In 1948, when Harry Truman had already been dismissed by the political geniuses as a certain loser, he got on a train and took his case to the American people. Truman told his sister: "It will be the greatest campaign any president ever made. Win, lose or draw, people will know where I stand and a record will be made for future action by the Democratic Party."

There are no Trumans in sight in this Democratic Party. Democratic candidates and potential candidates are still agonizing with their analysts over exactly what to say about this issue or that. (They're trying to figure out ways to talk about the war, for example, that will offend neither hawks nor doves.) What's almost funny is that the patient has been doing this for years, and keeps losing election after election.

Why not try something new and liberating, like the truth? Forget the theorizing and strategizing. Tell the truth about what's happening now. Let the electorate know how much the Iraq war is really costing — in human treasure, loss of influence around the world, increases in gasoline prices and cold, hard cash. Tell the truth about the monstrous buildup of state power by the Bush crowd, which has undermined the freedom and privacy of innocent people here at home, and angered many conservatives.

Talk straight about the unconscionable assault on working people in the United States.

I remember all the chatter about moral values after the last presidential election, and how the Democrats would have to pump their values up if they were ever to win again. I never bought it. The Democrats didn't lose the last time around because they lacked virtue. They lost because John Kerry was a lousy candidate.

If the Democrats don't know what they believe in yet — if they're still figuring that out — they don't deserve to win. Politicians are supposed to lead, and the U.S. has seldom been in more desperate need of leadership than now.

It's time to climb off the couch, Democrats, present yourselves to the public, and take a stand. If you're personable, and possessed of just a little bit of courage, you're halfway home.

"They need to run from the blacks. They need to run from the gays."

Herbert is a moron if he thinks that strategy is going to win. We need EVERYBODY under the tent including blacks and gays. If fact, that is one of the most racist and bigoted things I have read in the MSM for a long time.

Russ Feingold is the only potential Democratic candidate with any courage whatsoever. Biden has shown absolutely none, and his vote for the war shows he lacks the judgement to be President, let alone Senator.
Reread it, anon: Herbert is using "run from blacks/gays" as an example of a failed Dem strategy.

In the short term I'm willing to give Dems a pass who voted Yes on the war, as long as they have learned from the mistake. After all, we've got a Congress to win, and didn't they ALL vote Yes?

That said, I hope the pro-war Dems all pass from the scene soon and are replaced by Dems with stiffer spines.
didn't they ALL vote Yes?

actually my mistake, a good number voted no:
1. Where is Mike Castle's voice as Republicans are openly demanding answers from the President about the NSA phone database scandal? Silence=Consent. Is MC going to let Arlen Specter get to the left of him on this issue?

2. Hey, how about the big American flag graphic for Qwest - It's Patriotic!
And don't forget the Qwest logo:

Qwest telemarketers can interrupt my dinner anytime!

One major telecommunications company declined to participate in the program: Qwest.

According to sources familiar with the events, Qwest's CEO at the time, Joe Nacchio, was deeply troubled by the NSA's assertion that Qwest didn't need a court order — or approval under FISA — to proceed.

Trying to put pressure on Qwest, NSA representatives pointedly told Qwest that it was the lone holdout among the big telecommunications companies. It also tried appealing to Qwest's patriotic side: In one meeting, an NSA representative suggested that Qwest's refusal to contribute to the database could compromise national security, one person recalled.

In addition, the agency suggested that Qwest's foot-dragging might affect its ability to get future classified work with the government.

Unable to get comfortable with what NSA was proposing, Qwest's lawyers asked NSA to take its proposal to the FISA court. According to the sources, the agency refused.

The NSA's explanation did little to satisfy Qwest's lawyers. "They told (Qwest) they didn't want to do that because FISA might not agree with them," one person recalled. For similar reasons, this person said, NSA rejected Qwest's suggestion of getting a letter of authorization from the U.S. attorney general's office.
(from USAToday)
I printed out the Rudeness and read it last night..hoot!!!!!!!
thanks for the link.
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