Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Three articles

First, from the LA Times:
President Bush's agenda for the next four years, much of which he will highlight in his State of the Union address tonight, includes many proposals that would not only change public policy but, the GOP hopes, achieve an ambitious political goal: Stripping money and voters from the Democratic Party and cementing Republican dominance for years after he leaves office.

One of the clearest examples is an effort to limit jury awards in lawsuits against doctors and businesses. The caps might not only discourage "frivolous" lawsuits, as Bush argues, but also deprive trial lawyers of income from damage awards that they could then give to Democrats.
Second, the NY Times:
Howard Dean emerged Tuesday as the almost assured new leader of the Democratic National Committee, as one of his main rivals quit the race and Democrats streamed to announce their support of a man whose presidential campaign collapsed one year ago.
Third, liberal opinion columnist Mark Brown:

Maybe you're like me and have opposed the Iraq war since before the shooting started -- not to the point of joining any peace protests, but at least letting people know where you stood.


But after watching Sunday's election in Iraq and seeing the first clear sign that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people, you have to be asking yourself: What if it turns out Bush was right, and we were wrong?


If it turns out Bush was right all along, this is going to require some serious penance.

Maybe I'd have to vote Republican in 2008.

First we see the assertive Republican agenda. Assertive and popular--who doesn't want to hit lawyers in the pocketbook? On top of all that, this popular idea could also harm the Democratic party by depriving one of their core supporting groups of money that could be donated.

Even more fortuitous for the Republican party is the likely ascension of Dean to DNC. This is obviously disastrous for the Democrat party as a whole--the extremist faction of the party, lead by Dean, propagandized by Michael Moore, funded by George Soros, and given legitimacy by the speeches of Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer, is a large part of why many voted Republican. But, aside from the possible actions of Dean to further radicalize the party, his mere ascension would also indicate the mood of the party. It would show that anger, resentment, and extremism still take precedence over a reasonable evaluation of what the party needs to do to win elections. The only hope for the party in this regard is Hillary Clinton, someone willing to moderate their image and rhetoric.

Last, the Mark Brown column shows that maybe some of the more moderate liberals are starting to question there beliefs, even as the majority runs lemming-like toward political oblivion. His column is also a promising indication that the Vietnam-complex might be dead. It has distorted the views of the pacifist left since the sixties, and caused them to wallow in defeatism and knee-jerk disbelief in the morality of America's foreign interventions.


Blogger Logan C. Adams said...

You never know for sure until it really happens.

10:27 AM  

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