May 11, 2005

Pygmies using angled light to cast long shadows....

Change is hard. We are creatures of habit, and when things change we keep doing the same old things for a while. (Some people are driven almost crazy by change. It's interesting to watch the foaming hatred now against Bush, because it's so similar to the venom aroused by FDR and Lincoln, on the two earlier occasions in our history when party dominance changed.)

One interesting (and maddening) thing has been the slowness of Republican leaders to realize that we are now the majority party. This article by Tony Blankley, An Awkward GOP Spring, says that the reality is finally starting to sink in...

....It was a sorry picture indeed: A city full of large, ivory tusked, bull battle elephants driven to fear, distraction and goring each other by the braying of a pack of mangy jack asses.

But the Democrats appear to have overplayed their hand. The tactic of "boo" must be used sparingly, preferably when it is dark and preferably directed at unsuspecting targets. After the donkeys with alligator masks on have jumped out from behind the Capitol columns three or four times in succession in broad daylight shouting "boo," the Republican elephants have begun to realize that the only danger to them is if they stumble down the steps in response to the "boo."

The Democrats are powerless to do much of anything in national politics of a functional nature. All they can do is malfunction and hope to induce the Republicans to join them in their malfunctioning. By using angled light, the Democrats have been able to spend the winter and spring casting a larger shadow than their actual stature would justify.

Slowly, the Republicans have come to notice that the only thing they have to fear is fear itself. As FDR explained: "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." Finally, the advance has begun....

One good thing is that Bush is so busy that the Dems have to defend on dozens of different fronts. Which leads them to use the same old tactics over and over, so that the absurdity becomes patent to all with eyes to see. Dems claim every judicial nominee is "out of the mainstream." (Sort of like, "all the children are above average.") And for every nominee some Anita Hill clone shows up to claim dreadful behavior long long ago (which somehow wasn't worth mentioning previously). If they have nothing to say they say they have "questions." "Hrumm hrumm, ahumm, ah have serious questions about this nominee. Ah have doubts!"

Posted by John Weidner at May 11, 2005 4:58 PM
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