Sunday, February 06, 2005

Hell Week

Noemie Emery has a good piece in The Weekly Standard entitled The Dem's Week from Hell. As I mentioned last night, the Democrats have bigger problems to deal with than the impending Howard Dean chairmanship. Emery discusses them:
"EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN WRONG with the Democrats in the past several
years was on vivid display during Hell Week: the teeth-grinding shrillness; the
race card, misplayed with such gusto; the self-interest so blatant it defeats
its own purpose; the crippling dearth of ideas. With a few brave exceptions (a
faction of one named Joe Lieberman), the Democrats split into two major camps:
the wingnuts--Dean, Boxer, and Kennedy--who know what they think, which alas
sets them at odds with the rest of the country; and the caucus of cowards--Bayh,
Edwards, and Kerry--who believe in nothing so much as their own career
prospects, and change their minds on the gravest of war and peace issues on the
basis of what serves their ends."

A few Democrat consultants that I have heard (only James Carville, Pat Caddell and Bob Beckel come to mind) have the honesty to admit that they have big problems within their party. I'm guessing that Lieberman also recognizes it, but he's remained largely silent thus far. Most of the wingnuts think they just haven't been loud enough with cries of "Iraq is Vietnam! Bush is Hitler! Halliburton Lied to Start a War for Oil!" And the more reasonable adults in the Democratic Party appear to no longer be in control.

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