Thursday, March 24, 2005

Maureen Dowd Doesn't Have a Clue

If 82% of the public are opposed to Congress passing the Terri Schiavo legislation this week, and 74% think it was "all about politics," then what are left wingers like Maureen Dowd worried about?

If Republicans, standing on principle, are committing political suicide, why is she upset about that? Dowd asks:
Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so emasculated about not having any power, that they are willing to turn the nation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the church?
First of all, I think Dowd is more than a little confused. Is she saying that Democrats are unconcerned with maintaining their own power? Are Democrats just in Washington to play nice-nice and enjoy the monuments? I'm willing to concede that anyone who runs for office is concerned about power, but is she that naive? And does she not understand that when one party wins elections, one of the things they are entitled to is pushing their own agenda? When you get more votes than your opponent, then it follows that the people have approved your agenda, not the losers'. And that includes judicial appointments. I know that must seem like a bit of stiff cheddar, Maureen, but that's the way the system works.

UPDATE: CNN's Judy Woodruff is equally flummoxed. How do these two maintain careers in media?
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