December 4, 2005

An agenda of their own...

WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 3 -- Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean offered a preview of the 2006 elections here Saturday with a blistering critique of President Bush's policies on Iraq and immigration and the Republicans' ethics scandals... Ethics, Iraq, Immigration...Building your house upon the stone, Howard? But he warned Democrats they cannot expect to win next year without offering an agenda of their own...

Yep, that's gonna be the hard part...

Speaking at the fall meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Dean pledged that Democrats would offer tax policies aimed at middle-class voters, define "Middle Class," Howard. I dare you a plan to provide health insurance to all Americans, "Oh Canada, oh Canada, wie gr�n sind deine Bl�tter!" immigration proposals that offer a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, sounds like Bush to me and defense policies that would protect the nation and expose the "hollow promises" of the Bush administration. Please! In DETAIL. I'm just SO waiting to hear this.

Dean warmly praised Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) for "standing up and telling the truth" about Bush's policies in Iraq, and suggested that the Pennsylvanian had offered a vision around which Democrats could rally. a VISION! But Dean stopped well short of embracing Murtha's call for a withdrawal plan that would redeploy all U.S. troops within about six months. Coward Instead Dean called on Democrats to coalesce around a proposal that would keep some U.S. forces in Iraq for two more years. Bush Lite, PLUS sending a message of encouragement to terrorists. Yay!

I HOPE Republicans are planning to say loud and clear that Murtha is one of the people who STARTED this war. He encouraged the pull-out from Somalia that so emboldened Osama bin Laden. Pacifism KILLS.

The former Vermont governor's remarks underscored the party's continuing debate over Iraq and the reluctance of many party leaders to support Murtha's call for a speedy withdrawal strategy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced her support for Murtha's plan last week, but others in the party leadership have declined to do so, not to mention the party followership in part out of fears that a swift withdrawal could leave Iraq worse off than it is today and hand the GOP a political weapon. Or maybe fears about advocating surrender just as it becomes clear the campaign is being WON? Such timing.

Dean came to national prominence in 2003 by opposing Bush's decision to invade Iraq and has spoken for the party's antiwar grass-roots activists. But in his speech he blended strong criticism of the president for going to war under false pretenses with a more measured endorsement of a plan promoted by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, which would redeploy ("re-deploy" is DemSpeak for bug out) about 80,000 U.S. troops from Iraq in 2006 and the remainder by the end of 2007. What a joke. That's what Bush is going to do, give-or-take a year. But it will be because of victory, while Dems want to do the same thing and call it defeat, and beg the nice terrorists not to kick us again.

Displaying the fiery style that excited many Democrats but not many ordinary voters during his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Dean attacked "political hacks and cronies" of the president for eroding civil rights and voting rights protections I'm going to put on my bed-sheet and demand that picture ID be presented in order to vote. That'll fix them uppity darkies... and said of Republicans: "Theirs is a party of self-absorption and selfishness." and Dems are the party of idealism and dreams...and Dean's going to tell us what they are, but not this year...

Saying Bush had used race and gay rights to divide the electorate, Dean said, "In 2006, it's going to be immigration; that's who he's going to scapegoat next." He said Democrats must favor tougher enforcement of existing immigration laws and provide tighter border security, but said a balanced immigration policy would provide a way to give many of the 11 million illegal immigrants a path to legal status. That's pure Bush. Dean's in a bind here.

The Democratic meeting came at a time of growing confidence within the party that 2006 could bring significant gains in Congress and the statehouses because of Bush's low approval ratings and public anxiety about Iraq. which peaked exactly a year too early... But Dean said those conditions alone are not sufficient to produce Democratic victories. "We're doing the things that need to be done, but we have a long way to go," he said. "The collapse of confidence in the Republican leadership is not enough to elect Democratic leadership. We have to stand up for what we believe." PLEASE stand up for what you believe. Or at least tell us what it is. Pleaase...

Dean has faced criticism within some parts of the party for his stewardship at the DNC, particularly the pace at which the national party has been spending money -- something that has alarmed many Democratic strategists who fear Republicans will have a huge financial advantage next year. Don't worry, Soros or some other narcissistic billionaire will help the "party of the little guy." Of course, since you stupidly helped pass CFR, he won't be able to give it to YOU. He'll go off on his merry own, and you will have dance your feet leftwards to please him, while leaning your body to the right to please Americans...

But he won near-universal praise among the DNC and state party leaders who gathered here this weekend, saying his emphasis on grass-roots organization was a welcome change from the past. Dean's policies are sure to help grass-roots organizing...in Ann Arbor. Dean built his campaign for chairman by courting state party leaders, and many said this weekend that he had delivered on his promise to shift money and resources into their states. They defended the money he has spent by saying it represents an investment in party-building in places long ignored by the national party. Party-building. What a concept!
Note: if anyone reading this is new to politics, do NOT hold your breath while waiting for the Dems to say what they really believe. I could have written the same sarcastic remarks any time in the four years I've been blogging...They believe in NOTHING.

Posted by John Weidner at December 4, 2005 9:25 AM
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