Making Conservatives Cringe Since 1977

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19 January 2006

 

Who speaks for me...

Is it line "A," or is it line "B?"
Blunt Instrument by Ryan Lizza Only at TNR Online | Post date 01.19.06
It looked like a wedding. The setting was the majestic Great Hall of the Library of Congress, an absurdly ornate cavern of white marble, grand staircases, brass inlayed floors, stained glass sky lights, and 75-feet high ceilings. Reporters were warned not to block one staircase landing as it was being used for the "procession." And sure enough, as a treacly orchestral soundtrack echoed through the room, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, followed by dozens of their fellow Democrats, slow-walked two-by-two down the aisle and assembled on a makeshift stage....

I expect to catch some flack for this post. So be it. If you go on to read the rest of the article in The New Republic you see that Mr. Lizza has come to roughly the same conclusion I have, after the last blustery week in politics, when he says," It's hard to disagree with the details in any of the reforms in the package, but the overall strategy seems to sacrifice a more comprehensive policy for the sake of some shrewd politics." This week we've heard these statements from the following:
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"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about." - Hillary Clinton
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". . . the Executive Branch of our government has been caught eavesdropping on huge numbers of American citizens and has brazenly declared that it has the unilateral right to continue without regard to the established law enacted by Congress to prevent such abuses." - Al Gore

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Now before you go saying that maybe I should change the name of my blog to, "Making liberals cringe since 1977," let me say that both quotes can be found in their context by clicking on their respective links. And that's just it. Why does Media Matters have to take the time to defend Hillary Clinton's statements, and in addition why's Al Gore reacting to revelations that came out almost a month to the day from when he gave his speech?! Did it take that long for him to get all his focus groups together? Were all Hillary's staffers absent at the Senators last brainstorming session? Contrast race baiting and old "day late, dollar short" in row A with row B. Each individual there has let their actions speak louder than any Howard Deanesque outburst. John Edward's work with the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity speaks for itself. Russ Feingold's preformance at Alito's confirmation hearings set the standard of which Teddy Kennedy and Joe Biden fell well short (as I've already noted). Feingold's early opposition to the Patriot Act and his vote against the Iraq War resolution put him in the vangard among his fellow Democrats, and those who've jumped on the bandwagon in the meantime, when it comes to taking a stand on principles. Obama impressed me way back during the Bolton confirmation hearings as one who brought substance to the table, rather than typical gum flapping from Kerry and the like. As Lizza's article notes, ". . . this is exactly why Reid and Pelosi were shrewd and modest enough to make Barack Obama their main voice on the issue." Regardless of the posturing, Democrats will see a repeat of 2004 if they continue to sit back, occasionally lobbing off-hand comments, believing that simply not being Republican serves the Peoples's intrest.
. . . without fundamentally tackling campaign finance reform, making minor changes to how lobbyists and members interact with each other is meaningless. And as the left-leaning folks at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have noted, the Democrats' plan is silent on how to revive the ethics committee or create other enforcement mechanisms that are true watchdogs of congressional behavior.
- I pick "B," and I'll let John Stewart have the final word:
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