Thursday, September 21, 2006

Democrats Vow Not To Give Up Hopelessness

This article from the Onion, written last February, perfectly captures the tenor of today's Geneva Conventions debacle for Democrats. Consider this "quote" from Nancy Pelosi:
"In times like these, when the American public is palpably dismayed with the political status quo, it is crucial that Democrats remain unfocused and defer to the larger, smarter, and better-equipped Republican machine," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said. "If we play our cards right, we will be intimidated to the point of total paralysis."

Cue nervous laughter...


Damion said...

When will the Dems get it?! McCain is no friend! McCain's "maverick" and "independent" bona fides are undermined by the fact that the agreement he brokered with the administration delegates to the executive branch the responsibility for "upholding the nation's commitment to the Geneva Conventions, leaving it to the president to establish through executive rule any violations for the handling of terrorism suspects that fall short of a 'grave breach.'" (Source: NYT article, page A1,A16, 9/22)

We often forget that the Bush administration's lasting legacy is a revolution of the relationship between the various braches of government; the former balance of which was the singular genius of this country's foundation.

All of which begs two questions: (1) why this crucial aspect of the agreement is buried in the middle of the NYT article; and (2) why are Dems, including folks like Harry Reid, signalling that "they they intend to continue cooperating" with McCain?

McCain is no friend to the Democrats (or to anyone who understands that Bush's "security" policy is catastrophic). McCain's positions do not merit the support of those Democrats who align themselves to this alleged maverick Republican in the name of bi-partisanship. If this is the kind of compromise we can count on when McCain decides to exercise his alleged backbone, we've got some serious problems. Clearly this is also further evidence of the Democrats complete failure to seize an opportunity to fight a principled issue. Tabernac.

Eric said...

damion: I know how you feel. You know what this whole depressing episode reminds me of? The political moment just before Howard Dean stormed onto the political scene during the last Presidential election cycle... it was so refreshing, so *moving* really, to have this guy stand up straight and fight for what he (and lots of rank and file Democrats) believed in. For all the eye-rolling, I think the Republicans were terrified of the guy.