Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Eleanor Clift asserts that Feingold's censure resolution is a gift for Republicans - yet she never makes any kind of argument that Bush's conduct doesn't, in fact, deserve censure. Nor does she make any real argument as to how censure, which polls show to be popular, is likely to harm Democrats. All she can do is quote that famous anonymous 'party strategist'. They seem to be in the media quite a lot; maybe we'd be doing better if our 'party strategists' spent less time giving out anonymous quotes and more time developing actual winning strategies.
What this strategist has to say is, "If someone proposed stringing up Bush like they did Mussolini, that would have a lot of support in the base of the party, too... But it’s not smart." In other words, pay no attention to those crazy people in the blogosphere or the grass roots. We aren't angry over NSA spying because we believe in the rule of law or checks and balances, abstruse ideas that the blogosphere is far too plebian and unwashed to comprehend. We just hate Bush for inexplicable partisan reasons that have no rational explanation, but probably are connected to the facts that he's so tough on Al Qaeda and we just love Osama. Ignore those crazies in the blogosphere and stick to the strategy of having no actual position on any issue. Voters adore invertebrates; that's why we've been winning so many elections lately.
What makes this even more of a joke is Clift's (not so well) hidden agenda. She has for some time been more of a CLintonista than a real liberal or Democrat, and is heavily committed to the Hillary 08 bandwagon. Feingold's resolution, and Hillary's invisibility, are both being noticed in the grass roots, so it's clearly in Hillary's interest to spread a counter-narrative that censure is hurting Democrats. It's Clift, not Feingold, who is really working to give the GOP exactly what it needs to stay unified and in power - a 2008 ticket headed by a compromised and unpopular candidate.