Fat Steve's Blatherings

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Dumbness in Print

      Today's example is from E. J. Dionne, of The Washington Post.

      Dionne says:
The partisan battles in the coming weeks -- on judges, Social Security and the future of Tom DeLay -- are part of a larger struggle in which Republicans are seeking to establish themselves as the dominant party in American politics. Essential to their quest is persuading Democrats, or at least a significant number in their ranks, to accept long-term minority status.

      Will someone tell me how you get a party "to accept long-term minority status"?  I mean, aside from winning all the time?

      It appears that the way the Republicans are trying to do this is by using their majority in Congress, combined with a Republican president, to pass legislation.  The Democrats say that since the Republican party had a majority for most of the Clinton administration, and blocked Clinton judicial nominees when they didn't like them, the Democratic minority now has a right and obligation to block Bush's nominees -- not by voting against them, but by preventing the vote from taking place.  You want to run that by me again, E.J.?  I'm missing something here.

      Then there's Socialist Insecurity.  During Clinton's first two years, there was a Democratic majority in both houses, but they didn't pass Clinton's health care plan.  The Republicans opposed it, root and branch, and persuaded enough Democrats to go along with them that the plan failed.  The Republicans thought that the entire Clinton health care plan was wrongheaded, so they refused to have anything to do with it.  Now, with everyone saying that S.S. is going broke, the Dems feel justified in refusing to have anything to do with fixing the Social Security mess.

      Oh, and Tom DeLay pushed Clinton's impeachment trial, therefore attacking DeLay is justified, even if Democrats do the same things DeLay is accused of.

      Apparently, the Democratic calculation is that it's not fair for Republicans to get more votes than them, so they're justified in doing anything to obstruct them.  Also, if the Republicans get to pass the legislation they want, they will somehow cement themselves as a permanent majority.

      I guess this is the New Politics: the key to political success is blocking what the voters want.



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