Democratic Meltdown Watch
Since Aging Hippie Liberal Douch recently dropped out of the race, it's all but certain that Howard Dean will win next week's election and become the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Jonathan Chait calls Dean "A Suicidal Selection." Chait say Dean "reinforces all the party's weaknesses" and is "particularly ill suited" for the job. He can't control his mouth and he can't control money. He has the fiscal restraint of a "flash-in-the-pan-celebrity." And that is Chait playing nice.
The editors of the National Review are so pro-Dean that they are saying "Pretty Please." It's sad because I want the Democratic Party to reform itself and become a more vigorous, more serious, opposition party. Our system works best when we have two strong, articulate parties competing for the radical moderates, not when we have one party dominating the national scene. If the face of the Dems is Ted Kennedy saying that U.S. troops are part of the problem two days before they guard the polling stations during the freest elections in Arab history, then the Dems should disband and spend their money on iPods.
And for anybody out there longing for what-might-have been, I direct you to last Sunday's transcript of NBC's Meet the Press. Tim Russert interviewed John Kerry. The Q&A is quite revealing.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that Iraq is less a terrorist threat to the United States now than it was two years ago?Then, two paragraphs later.
SEN. KERRY: No, it's more. (snip)
Someone please tell me those two statements agree. Two years ago Hussein was in power. Iraq is more of a terrorist threat to the United States and the United States is safer? He said this inside one minute.
MR. RUSSERT: Is the United States safer with the newly elected Iraqi government than we would have been with Saddam Hussein?
SEN. KERRY: Sure. (snip)
MR. RUSSERT: What would you do?Remember, this was on Sunday, January 30. Voting had just finished in Iraq. He saw the troops guarding the polling stations. This is not a theoretical discussion. "Part of the problem, if not the problem" just secured the vote for millions of people. Then comes the cherry on top.
SEN. KERRY: I understand exactly what Senator Kennedy is
saying, and I agree with Senator Kennedy's perceptions of the problem and of how you deal with it. ... (snip) ... I agree with Senator Kennedy that we have become the target and part of the problem today, if not the problem.
MR. RUSSERT: And you have a hat that the CIA agent gave you?The Khmer Rouge? The infamous, genocidal Communists? We supplied weapons to the Khmer Rouge? Remember, this man wanted, and still wants, to be president of the United States. Please someone slap the shit out of the Democrats.
SEN. KERRY: I still have the hat that he gave me, and I hope the guy would come out of the woodwork and say, "I'm the guy who went up with John Kerry. We delivered weapons to the Khmer Rouge on the coastline of Cambodia." We went out of Ha Tien, which is right in Vietnam. We went north up into the border. And I have some photographs of that, and that's what we did. So, you know, the two were jumbled together, but we were on the Cambodian border on Christmas Eve, absolutely.
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