15 March 2006

The opportunity is ours to squander

    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
      Pink Floyd

Here it is. An NBC/WSJ poll shows a majority in favor a Democrat-controlled Congress. Now is the time. Now is the place. What are we going to do?

Early indicators suggest we're going to blow our best chance yet. Will we yet again be left pleading for leadership? Will the Democrats answer the call?

A majority favors a Democrat controlled Congress. We're running out of excuses here.


Forty_Two said...

Americans don't want leaders. They want people they can blame or make fun of. As soon as someone asks a candidate whether he smoked pot in college, you know they're not looking for leadership.

DBK said...

To some extent, I agree forty-two, but that is not important here. What is important is that leaders will rise to the top and they need support when they do. Drew is right: this is the best chance the Democrats have had to take back the House in twelve years. If they want to pretend they are the Vichy French, then they will blow it. Over at Alternate Brain, Gordon wrote about how, when he has an opponent down, he beats on him even harder to make sure of the win. That's the strategy the Democrats haven't tried. They haven't taken this opportunity and made the most of it, leaving me, at least, with the impression that they don't have the heart for the fight. Meanwhile, the netroots certainly have the heart for a fight and all we've been doing is looking for the leader who we can support. If all the Democrats start standing up on their hind legs and making leader-like noises, November will be remembered as one of the greatest Democratic elections in American history.

Andrew said...

Americans can be inspired if someone is there to inspire them. Look at Clinton - he could have won a third term had he been permitted to run. No, I don't want to repeal the 22nd Amendment - I'm just noting how popular he was. That's leadership.

Bush has never offered that. He's offered division, derision, and fear. Unfortunately, he has succeeded because Dems offered nothing in response.

DBK said...

And people often forget that Bush only won either election by the slimmest margins and both elections were disputed. The first was totally bogus and the Supreme Court basically appointed Bush and the second was stolen in Ohio with Diebold voting machines.

Which reminds me that we need to pass HR 550, requiring verified paper trails for voting, immediately.