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March 28, 2004

Don't throw me in that thar briar patch!!

The Senate Democrat leadership, not content with their current minority status, have decided to hand the Republicans another potent election issue: They have announced they will block all candidates that President Bush nominates to fill vacancies in the Federal judiciary. That smirking sound you hear is not Richard Clarke thinking about how the gullible media have bowed down before him. It's Karl Rove, trying to act outraged.

Coming next: Daschle will push to "bring the troops home" before November, 2004. (just kidding)

If I remember correctly, they tried this before the 2002 elections, with disastrous results. They convinced "Jumpin' Jim" Jeffords to abandon the Republican Party in order to install Tom Daschle as the majority leader. They used their newfound power to publicly harass several Bush court nominees, thinking to gain political advantage in the election. Even though there were more Republican seats in play in 2002, the Democrats lost 2 seats and control of the Senate.

Part of the reason was the Democrat's underhanded dealings in the Senate. While this issue doesn't even hit the radar screen of the average American, it does resonate strongly with President Bush's base. Their high-handed obstructionist smear tactics against strongly pro-life candidates will only infuriate religious voters.

Oh, and did I mention there are 5 Southern Democrat senators retiring, leaving 5 open seats in the heart of Bush country?

Manuevers like this make me begin to believe the conspiracy stories that the Clintons are secretly trying to scuttle the Democrat Party's chances this fall, leaving the field wide-open for Hillary the Pure to run unopposed for president in 2008. Are the Democrats so reality-challenged that they can't see they the negative effects of their positions? Or is it just that they have been in power so long they have lost all touch with the voters?

We'll certainly find out this fall.

Posted by Captain Holly at March 28, 2004 04:33 PM | TrackBack
"In power so long..." ?? What universe do *you* live in? 8 years out of 24 is "so long" ?? You can take it to the bank that the past four years have been disaster in slow motion. Here's to hoping that your "so long" becomes *much* longer. And don't show me a Hillary obsession. That is a wingnut-right delusion. Posted by: Scorpio at March 30, 2004 08:15 PM
What the Dimmocrats are doing is called "shooting oneself in the foot" or for the sports minded, "own goal". In 1948, Harry Truman ran against the "do-nothing" Congress and won and I'm sure that Bush and his advisors are crafting the 30-second sound bite commercials as we speak to paint the Dimmocrats in Congress as obstructionists which won't be that hard since they have already said that no matter what, they will block all judicial candidates. Kind of reminds me of the French who said before the Iraq war started that there was nothing in the world that would make them change their minds about going to war and we all know what happened next. Posted by: El-ahrairah at March 31, 2004 06:06 AM
Scorpio, perhaps you have forgotten the little fact that prior to 1994, the Democrats had controlled the House of Representatives for 40 years, and the Senate for all but six of those years. This is the first time since 1954 that the Republicans have controlled both the legislative and the executive branches. Oh, and are you claiming that Hillary has no presidential ambitions? You're more deluded than I thought. Posted by: Captain Holly at March 31, 2004 09:11 AM
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