Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dems hitching wagon to kook base

We have a full-fledged political brouhaha going on here. The Democrats have decided to drop the top on the convertible and let Ted Kennedy take the wheel. Story from the Washington Times:
Democrats yesterday escalated their fiery attacks on President Bush's rationale for going to war by tying his decision to the indictment of a top administration aide in an aggressive political strategy that has energized the party's anti-war activist base.

The day after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada forced the Senate into a rare closed-door session to debate whether Mr. Bush manipulated intelligence information about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a pretext for war, he and other Democratic leaders stepped up their rhetoric and demands in a bid to drive the issue back into the news.
If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that their concerns were more for political points instead of genuine interest in national security, and that such political goals were outlined two years ago in a Democratic memo! Then again, given the left's inherent hostility to all matters related to defense, it's pretty safe to say that their concerns are not rooted in national security at all.

Finally, a good fight...and one that's good for the country. I mean, the anti-war kooks are "energized", which is kind of like saying that the Star Trek convention-goers are energized...not enough of them to make a difference. The Republicans are doing their level best to give the electorate a reason to consider kicking them to the curb, but by golly, the Democrats are pretty impotent at capitalizing on the miscues.

This amused me:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Mr. Reid also sent Mr. Bush a letter asking him to apologize for the actions by Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and any other officials who may have been involved in the CIA leak investigation.
Pelosi and Reid want an apology? If I were Bush, I'd give one like this:

"I'm sorry, guys. I'm sorry that we have and will continue to beat you like a government mule in every election for the foreseeable future. And Reid, I'm sorry that when you're up for re-election, you're going the way of Tom Dasshole in that red state of yours. I've got your leak, along with my 'new tone'...right here!"

The American people are going to see just who the Democrats are and to whom they cater: Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, ANSWER, and other fringe groups. Some Democrats are worried about that:
A Democratic national security strategist said the practical effect of Tuesday's Senate maneuver could backfire and "drag down the Democrats even more than it drags down the Republicans."

Michael O'Hanlon, a Brookings Institution defense analyst who advises Democrats on national-security issues, said it was legitimate for the Democrats "to raise the broader context" of the special prosecutor's indictment in the CIA leak investigation. "But it remains dangerous for any opposition party to focus on scandals by the governing party. ... Reminding voters what Republicans may have done wrong will not reach the level of getting the Democrats into the game."
The article goes on to show how the liberal anti-war base is as excited as a blind lesbian at a seafood market. When the Kos kiddies approve of the activity, it's a sure bet that the American public will not.

This is a fight that needs to be had, and it has needed to be had for quite some time. Ever since the left lost its perceived birthright in the 1994 elections (control in D.C.), they have become more and more deranged over the years. Maybe the right will relish this fight with these people as much as I do!