Tuesday, November 16, 2004

A bad sign of things to come

So Harry Reid is the new minority leader in the Senate. I'm not feeling very enthusiastic about it, mostly because he is undistinguished among progressives. We don't know his record very well and we don't see him on TV fighting for our causes. And worst of all, he works well wih Republicans. I'm hoping he will have some balls and fight every chance he gets, but I'm more or less sure that we will have less "obstruction" in the Senate because they are afraid they'll lose even more seats in '06. The mood seems to be don't fight unless you absolutely have to. That seems ver defeatist to me, I want the opposition party opposing everything and criticizing them for not going far enough when they agree, not being another "yes" man for a president which we don't like. A good example seems to be the Rice confirmation:

SEN. JON CORZINE (D), NEW JERSEY: Good evening, Wolf. BLITZER: Will you vote to confirm Dr. Rice? CORZINE: Well, unless there's some shocking news that comes out that I don't already know, I am virtually certain I will vote for her confirmation. I will do that with some hesitation, not because of Dr. Rice, who I think is an honorable, intelligent, effective public servant. But I have trouble with the failures in policy that have occurred over the last four years, which she has been a central piece to. Our Iraqi policy has, I think, cost us in treasure and lives in ways that are not a positive for the American people. I think the failure to pursue the road map, which was a plan laid out, is also somewhat a failure of the administration to work thoroughly to accomplish their ends.
You don't agree with her, so you're going to vote to confirm her? The only reason senate Democrats have to confirm her is that they don't want a long TV battle with the White House where they'll lose. We've lost every battle the last decade, you'd think they'd be used to it by now. A long battle with Bush now is important. He's trying to come strong out of the gate after the election and a long battle with senate Democrats would slow him down. We need to be willing to fight a battle of attrition with the Republicans and slow down their agenda. Otherwise they will walk all over us.

1 Comments:

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Andy Kohtz said...

And worst of all, he works well wih Republicans.It would seem that your party is finally figuring out what they have to do to survive in the minority.

I want the opposition party opposing everything and criticizing them for not going far enough when they agree, not being another "yes" man for a president which we don't likeThat is the very spirit that has caused the Democrats to be in the minority. But, hey, keep it going if you like. You're only hurting yourselves.

 

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