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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Is it any wonder that the Democrats keep losing national elections?

As long as there are party bigwigs with attitudes like the ones Adam Nagourney describes here, how could the GOP possibly lose?

Even as Democrats are doing everything they can to win, and believe that victory is critical for future battles over real issues, some of the party's leading figures are also speculating that November could represent one of those moments.

From this perspective, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world politically to watch the Republicans struggle through the last two years of the Bush presidency. There's the prospect of continued conflict in Iraq, high gas prices, corruption investigations, Republican infighting and a gridlocked Congress. Democrats would have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2008, by this reasoning, and for the future they enhance their stature at a time when Republicans are faltering.

Indeed, some Democrats worry that the worst-case scenario may be winning control of Congress by a slim margin, giving them responsibility without real authority. They might serve as a foil to Republicans and President Bush, who would be looking for someone to share the blame. Democrats need a net gain of 6 seats in the Senate, and 15 seats in the House. "The most politically advantageous thing for the Democrats is to pick up 11, 12 seats in the House and 3 or 4 seats in the Senate but let the Republicans continue to be responsible for government," said Tony Coelho, a former House Democratic whip. "We are heading into this period of tremendous deficit, plus all the scandals, plus all the programs that have been cut. This way, they get blamed for everything."

Mr. Coelho quickly added, "Obviously, from a party point of view we want to get in and do things, but I'm talking about the ideal political thing."

Right, Tony. I'm sure that people who are unemployed because their job just went overseas, or who have to deal with Dubya's inane Medicare drug 'benefit,' or who are dealing with a crippling educational loan burden, or who have a family member arrested on trumped-up terrorism charges by Dubya's Gestapo Homeland Security don't really care whether they have to deal with another two years of GOP government. I'm sure they can all put their lives on hold until the Dems win in 2008.

These 'party leaders' should all get a f'ing life.

Via NY Times.

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