“These Democrats are a bunch of wusses. They don’t have the courage of their convictions. They won’t stand and fight.” – Michael Moore, via Raw Story
From Michael Moore to Kathleen Parker, Democrats are getting the same review. The performance of the Democratic majority something that no partisan could defend. Led by Barack Obama, his party has come unglued to the point that not only have Democrats wasted an entire year, but they’ve managed to represent the worst of governmental incompetence while giving the government is bad crowd a serious boost. It’s hard to argue with Kathleen Parker on a couple of points she makes today:
… Meanwhile, incumbent Democrats are in trouble. If they pass health-care reform without Republican support, those from conservative districts likely won’t be returning to Washington next year. If they don’t pass health-care reform, they may be tossed out anyway. [...] … At the same time, more and more Americans are abandoning traditional political parties, with about 40 percent of the electorate identifying as independents. A perfect storm this way comes. …
Meanwhile, under the radar Liz Cheney and her group begin the swiftboating of the U.S. Justice Dept. and Eric Holder through nothing less than McCarthyism. The Ben Smith, Spencer Ackerman, and Glenn Greenwald have all covered it (also see pmichael’s In the News diary). The Republican party mainstream, represented by Liz Cheney, who carries on her father’s disappointingly despicable legacy, is now suggesting that due process and a fair trial should not be part of the American system of justice. Going further to say that lawyers who represent detainees are traitorous, “terror sympathizers.”
Rushing to their defense is retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, the chief prosecutor of the Cheneys’ beloved military commissions, who told me the attacks are “outrageous.” … “It is absolutely outrageous for the Cheney-Grassley crowd to try to tar and feather Neal and Jennifer and insinuate they are al-Qaeda supporters. You don’t hear anyone refer to John Adams as a turncoat for representing the Brits in the Boston Massacre trial.” [...] “If you zealously represent a client, there’s nothing shameful about that,” said the retired Air Force colonel. “That’s the American way.” – via Spencer Ackerman
Meanwhile, there is silence from the Democrats on this as well as a host of other issues. Because after over a full year of being in the majority they’re still bogged down on health care, as they argue with themselves, play defense, while allowing the Republicans to chip away at a policy prescription that everyone knows is desperately needed. Just today Democrats deciding that reconciliation is a go, something that should have been figured out way back in July 2009, because anyone with knowledge of the stakes for Republicans on health care would have known they never had any intention of helping Democrats get a win. It’s political malpractice that Democrats have just now figured this out, but did so by also voluntarily giving up the one part of health care to which the American people approve, the public option. The ineptitude boggles the mind.
Never before has the Democratic party been so thoroughly humiliated.
It would eave an opening for Republicans, but nobody wants them either, which is understandable.
Teeing it up for the Tea Party, because independents can’t seem to find a candidate to rally around.
The state of American politics is in shambles.